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Dangermouse:
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Going to be sending some money through them later as i hear the banks are too expencive :-\ Don't know if anyone else has or is using them, but some useful infomation would be a good thing on here.
Cost of the transfere fee's?  Like other things to be sent out of china...im not expecting it to be cheap >:(
How easy it is to use?
etc.
Once i have had my experence with them, i'll put some more info up.

( could find any other threads on them. ???)

rgeczi:
I went to the one that is housed in an Agricultural bank on Chang Jiang Road, near the CBD, and it can be a hassle at times.

During the Shanghai Expo a little while back, it was good, because they relaxed some rules for sending money overseas either via bank, or other means.  But they said when the "grace period" ended, which I think was around October, that the old rules would apply.  That means, that the threshold for stuff is a lot lower, and that you have to use actual USD, if that is what you want to send, when you use them.  When I say them, I am talking about Western Union. 

Before the Expo, I didn't know you had to provide USD to them in order to send money to the US, but I did, and at that time, I didn't have it.  So after a heated argument by me, they relented, and sent it via the Western Union manager's ID card. 

I am not sure how it's like now, but at least you get a bit of a track history of someone that has used it before.  Good luck.

chowder:
Try everbright banks if you want to use western union. the everbright bank along suixi road is not that strict and they always have dollars on hand. for bank to bank i suggest bank of china....

Dangermouse:
thanks regeczi. 8)
Went to the Everbright bank on fanhua da dao. was rather simple.  ???the charge was not as much as expected but still a little more than i thought. :-\
All in all    :o.  needed to be done so didnt question it too much,  the people were really pacient and friendly and spoke good english which was great ;D :) ;). all the forms are in english and chinese and very easy to follow. 8) :o

Thx for the mail mike.... might try the bank way next time.  :)

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