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Foreign Credit cards

Melbourne
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4 posts
12 reviews
Foreign Credit cards

We are struggling with credit card acceptance. We wanted to keep our cash for later in our trip, but are finding it difficult and are now having to drastically change our budget to factor this in. Any tips for retailers/places that take Visa/MasterCard?

5 replies to this topic
Dublin, California
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23,886 posts
47 reviews
1. Re: Foreign Credit cards

You don't have a bank ATM card that you can use to withdraw cash? Western style or non Chinese (Japanese, Korean, etc.) restaurants will probably take foreign cards. Stores in big shopping malls will probably take foreign cards.

Melbourne
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4 posts
12 reviews
2. Re: Foreign Credit cards

We do have atm cards for cash withdrawal. However, we wanted to save cash for when travelling out of Shanghai and there will be no chance of using cards. So grocery shopping and tourist sites are an issue. Does Shanghai zoo, Shanghai Wildlife park and Aqaurium take Visa or MasterCard?

Dublin, California
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23,886 posts
47 reviews
3. Re: Foreign Credit cards

Don't know, frankly have no interest in those three places. If you need cash for travel out of Shanghai, couldn't you withdraw enough cash now while you are in Shanghai?

Sydney, Australia
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699 posts
4. Re: Foreign Credit cards

Perhaps getting a China UnionPay Card from Bank of China branches or Load & Go Card from Auspost in Melbourne would be an option for you to use in China. I don't think these three parks accept Visa or MasterCard

Sherbrooke, Canada
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46,053 posts
830 reviews
5. Re: Foreign Credit cards

The only places where your card can be accepted are the larger restaurants and hotels. Assume cash for everywhere else.

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