As I said last time I was going to go to the bank. So I did, I went down to two foreign banks, HSBC and Citibank. Both banks are chinese subdivisions so they can not provide the services of the larger parent companies.
Citibank china only offers a RMB savings account. No ATM card, no Credit card, no money exchange. The only thing is offers is over the counter money access and an online wealth management service. Since I need access to my money in foreign countries this is no good.
HSBC offers a little more. They offer money exchange, but they charge 0.25% for extracting USD and EUR. The charge for converting JPY is 0.35%. This account is also useless as I can only get my money out of the bank over the counter in their Beijing office. I think they also offer money transfter to international bank accounts, but there is also a fee the needs to be paid for this.
In the end I chose to just stay with my chinese bank China Merchants bank and get a Visa credit card. This will allow me to access my money work wide. I can still can not exchange RMB for foreign currency in china.
Its the first day of my spring vacation and I figured I better get some things done. Today, I was planning on going down to CitiBank and seeing about my options with the bank accounts here in China. I have been looking for a single bank which offers the following:
- RMB Savings (Deposit RMB)
- Credit Card
- Able to remove USD (using current market exchange rate, no raping on the fees)
- Accessable work wide
This sounds reasonable, but most banks in china do not offer and RMB to foreign currency exchange. This makes it difficult for me when I need to travel. I did some research online and found I could apply for an RMB Savings online. After applying I waited for a response and got none. I have decided to just go in tomorrow, in person.
Later in the day I set up qmail on my machine. I need to set it up so I can get familiar with it while tracking down a bug at work. Final results:
- I have a new email address: email@example.com
- Mail is delivered straight to my laptop
- My softhome.net mail is gathered by fetchmail then delivered locally using qmail
- All mail is first dropped into my ~/Mailbox mbox queue (This is handy for reading mail remotely using the mail command)
- I can use mail to quickly send mail from my new mail account
- Evolution can pick up all the mail from the mbox queue
The overall setup was easy, just had to create a .fetchmailrc .mailrc and compile and configure qmail. One tip: RTFM
What a busy day
Just testing some features. Please have fun checking out my new photo gallery.
Well, how stupid this wordpress blogger software is. I was changing some options and the whole thing doesn't work. I would think that they would put some validation before I change options. Anyway, I got it to work again by changing my apache root and manually editing the options though mysql. I think I will try another blogger software.
I am just writting this in the morning at 1:20AM. I got back from a good sushi dinner with my friend yaping and decided to try out this blogging software. Seems to work great so far.
Lets chat more later.