Pounds GBP to Chinese yuan CNY exchange rate

  • Buy Chinese yuan online at Post Office 

  • Find the best deal by checking the GBP to CNY exchange rate

  • Have your Chinese yuan delivered to your home or pick up in branch

Buy travel money

GBP The minimum spend is £400

Buy more for a better online rate

Min £400.00, max £2,500.00

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On the slow boat to China? Let's sort your travel money fast

China is a vast, unique and diverse country with its enormous, vibrant cities, expansive mountain ranges, deserts and hidden, rural villages. Buy your Chinese yuan at Post Office online, in thousands of branches, or on a Travel Money Card.

Choose our Click & Collect service before 3pm for next working day pick-up in your nearest branch. Or, if you order before 3pm, we’ll deliver to your home the next working day (free on orders of £500 or more).

Chinese yuan is one of the currencies you can load onto a prepaid Travel Money Card, helping you avoid carrying large sums of cash around with you.

And if you return to the UK with unspent banknotes, we’ll buy them back from you. Travel has been an uncertain pastime recently, so don’t forget to pack your travel insurance for your trip.

Find our best Chinese yuan rates online. The more you buy, the better the rate 

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Get your Chinese yuan from us

  • Voted ‘Best Foreign Exchange/Travel Money Retailer’ at the British Travel Awards 2020
  • Buy over 60 currencies at great rates and with 0% commission
  • Order travel money online or in participating branches up to five days in advance
  • Get our best rates for Chinese yuan online – and the more you buy, the better the rate
  • Collect in branch or choose home delivery (Saturday delivery available for a £1.50 charge)
  • We can usually deliver your cash the next working day if you order by 3pm*
  • If your trip is cancelled, we’ll refund you all your holiday cash at the rate you bought it
  • We’ll buy any unspent Chinese yuan banknotes back from you
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*We’ll send your currency via Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1pm.

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Click & Collect at branch

Get hold of your holiday money quickly. Pick it up from the dedicated Travel Money counter at your nearest Post Office. 

Click & Deliver service

Want your cash delivered tomorrow? Order by 3pm today for delivery to your home.

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Go cashless in China

You can load Chinese yuan onto our handy Travel Money Card and pay anywhere you see the Mastercard® sign. Plus, top it up and even switch between currencies on our free Travel app.

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Chinese yuan: how far does it go?

China’s financial diversity is as broad as its culture. It’s possible to see masses of the country on a shoestring, often without having to compromise on quality of accommodation or cook your own food. For those looking for a 5* and beyond experience, then you can pay as much as you like and live in luxury.

Food is inexpensive and generally safe in China, but don’t expect it to resemble what Brits get when they order a Chinese takeaway. Food markets can be very cost-effective and often provide delectable food. It’s possible to eat well for under 100 yuan (roughly £10) per day. Alcohol is significantly more expensive in even lower-end bars than it is at shops, but always buy alcohol from reputable or chain retailers.

English is not widely read, spoken or understood in China. Moreover, Mandarin is a tonal language, meaning words that look the same (in English) and pronounced the same can have totally different meanings depending on the tone, pitch or inflection. This can make picking up basic Mandarin phrases very difficult, and learning a few stock phrases is no guarantee that you’ll be understood. It’s a good idea to have everywhere you want to go written down on paper to show to taxi drivers rather than trying to say the name of a place unless you are sure that your pronunciation is accurate.  

  • The most inexpensive accommodation can be as cheap as 40 yuan (around £4) per night
  • In the capital, Beijing, a three-course meal for two with wine costs around £70 on average
  • Average costs for drinks in the city are around 35p for bottled water and £4.46 for a coffee
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Some common questions

More questions about travel money

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