Coins Are Not Accepted in China

In China, particularly in modern urban areas and larger establishments, coins are generally accepted for transactions, especially in denominations of 1 yuan and smaller. However, it’s less common to use coins for larger transactions or in rural areas where electronic payments or paper currency are more prevalent.

For tourists and travelers in China, it’s advisable to carry a mix of cash (in larger bills for convenience) and to be prepared for situations where smaller transactions might require coins. Many vendors and businesses prefer mobile payment options like Alipay or WeChat Pay, which are widely used throughout the country and are highly convenient for both locals and visitors alike.