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HKD is usually accepted in Macau but any change which you might get would be in the Macanese currency. Macanese Pataca, on the other hand, isn't accepted in Hong Kong. This is based on my personal experience and experience of the people I know. YMMV


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SHENZEN (CN) In Shenzen almost always not - especially if you get further away from the border area. you might get lucky with some random person or HK owner of some venue - but don't count on it. ( Sidenote - It is also illegal in China as far as I know to pay / accept in other currencies other then CNY except business that have special permit which is ...


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HKD in Shenzhen is basically a no go. You may find the occasional person or merchant to take HKD, but the exchange rate will be atrocious. You will be much better off getting cash from an ATM.


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A local bank account and debit card would serve you very well. In Ontario cash is almost unnecessary because so many places take debit. We can also email each other money using Interac, which is part of the debit system. Most people I know email the rent to their landlord, for example. Everything I used to write cheques for (paying my farmer for veggies, ...


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The website of the chain mentioned in the question shows the exchange rates they offer. Korean won isn't at the top of the list, but it is mentioned before Chinese yuan so it seems a safe bet that it's a currency they handle regularly. The exchange rates they're offering are currently 0.0252/0.254 buy/sell, which is a fairly small spread and seems 'realistic'...


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Since your card is French, it will not incur these fees. Merchants in Denmark often apply fees (or up to several percent of the sticker price) to payments with cards issued outside the EU, but they are forbidden from doing this for consumer cards covered by the Payment Services Directive II. These rules do not distinguish between Danish and other EU cards. ...


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Generally, the GST rate is 5% (2.5% state and 2.5% center) as you noticed. In November of 2017, the GST council met and decided to make changes to the original restaurant tax rates. During this meeting, the council set the GST rate at just 5% for most restaurants, regardless of AC and liquor licenses I'm not sure about the 9.5% number, but ...


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Most people working in airports are honest, will not steal. So there is a very good chance that the money will come through, even when the case is checked by X-ray or by hand. Even more likely as the most likely location for checking by X-ray is in Germany. And German border control and security forces are not known for stealing. I would not put money in ...


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Not really an answer, but I thought I'd comment on what I ended up doing: For most of the expenses, I paid cash using euros that I withdrew using my US cards. The exchange rate was fair, and there was little fee (ranging from $1 to $5 per withdraw, but some of the fees were actually refunded at the end of the month). For some (larger) expenses, I paid using ...


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Some online banks provide the solutions you need, like WeSwap or Revolut : For less than $10, you can get a Mastercard, top it up in your local currency and spend it in (almost) any foreign currencies. I have one of them and I already bought a SNCF train ticket with it (and also some flight tickets in EU), I never get any trouble.


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I spent 2 1/2 months in Waterloo in 2017, visiting from the USA. In general, I found that my US credit card served me well for almost everything I needed to do: groceries, restaurants, laundromats, day trips to Toronto, etc. I also used my US ATM card to withdraw a supply of cash a few times during the trip, though I found that I didn't need it all that ...


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One very important thing about Macau is in most if not all casinos you must have a mainland China, HK or Macau identity card to take out cash at all no matter the currency or the Amount, even with a foreign card or a local card its the same, caught me out big time had to take the boat back to HK to take out the amount I needed for a poker tournament. This ...


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In Shenzhen, many establishments near entry point areas will take HKD, but the exchange rates are usually suboptimal. One such area is Shuiwei (Shui Wai) 水围 area, which is frequented by guests from the Hong Kong (it was notorious for being a red light district in the past, but not anymore --- mainly just restaurants and cafes now). Many of those ...


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Also wanted to mention that many places in Macau also let you spend RMB (as well as newer-HKD). Most shops charge the same price for all the currencies though, so using MOP is the best deal.


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