Don't Bank On It
|Shorter than a visit to China Merchant Bank|
The process of transferring cash out of China can be a bit difficult sometimes. Sensible people do not even try to take wads of money onto the plane - that is just asking for trouble.
No, you should go along to the bank and do a transfer. Yes, this can take a while, so bring your copy of War and Peace. In my branch of China Merchant Bank there is a machine. You press it somewhere and a small piece of paper comes out. Great! You now have a small piece of paper.
|Red means it's a ghost-free bank|
Then a very pretty Chinese girl, who looks about 14 or maybe 15 years old, tries to help you. She is very charming, but she does not know how to operate the computer, so she will call her friend, who is also about 15. Then her friend calls another friend, etc. She invariably asks you for your phone number. Then she might be surprised when you try to explain that your wife will not be happy if pretty Chinese teenage girls give you strange phone calls. (Now you are on page 412. Pierre has fought the duel and Nicolai has lost a lot of money playing cards.) The pretty 15-year-old smiles and patiently explains that she is not going to call you on the telephone. So why does she need your number?
|You can't hide your lion eyes|
|But it might take longer|
|Well, someone thinks it's funny.|