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Bank of China Chinglish

Even the Bank of China has Chinglish. This is a screenshot taken after logging out.

Banking in China is not nearly as convenient as in the USA. It is still a mostly cash-based society, though many people have ATM cards now. Banks are open from 9-5 weekdays and 9:30-4 weekends, and some close for lunch. You need to take a number and wait. Usually, you can leave for an hour and come back in time for your number to be called. You have about a 20 second window to make it to the counter, or the next number will be called. Some branches don’t have the number system, so you need to stand in line. This can also take hours.

Jon gets a bit of his paycheck deposited into the China account every pay period. It gets deposited in US dollars, so he needs to actually go to the bank, bring his passport and bank book, and sign six different places to get the money transferred from USD to RMB. This can kill a Saturday morning, so he typically waits for two or three months to do this. There is no night deposit and no doing anything without your passport and actual deposit book.

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