Chinese Hotels ask for a large deposit when I check in, is this normal?
All Chinese hotels will ask for a deposit upon check in. The amount required will vary depending on the hotel. The deposit should range from RMB 100 per night to RMB 800 per night. Hotels in Beijing demand the highest deposits. The deposit can be paid in cash or by credit card. The hotel will process the credit card transaction and then process a credit at check out. A receipt is issued for cash deposits and it is necessary to present the receipt to obtain the refund of the deposit. The deposit is to cover mini bar usage or similar usage of chargeable item in the room or damage to the room.
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