Banks, Foreign Exchange & ATMs -- Plenty of banks around town offer cash and travelers check exchange, credit card advances, and ATMs. The city branch of the Bank of China is at Jiefang Lu 157 (tel. 029/8762-0755; Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat & Sun 9am-4pm). It's about 400m (1/4 mile) south of the railway station, on the west side of Jiefang Lu, next to the Silk Road Hotel. The provincial branch is located in the center of town, on the corner of Juhua Yuan at Dong Dajie 306 (same hours). Several ATMs are accessible 24 hours and accept foreign credit cards. There's also a branch, with an ATM, just 180m (590 ft.) south of the Bell Tower at Nan Dajie 29 (tel. 029/8728-1287; same hours).

Internet Access -- The most convenient and comfortable net cafe in the downtown area is 24-hr T8, on the second floor next in between De Fa Chang and the Wenyuan Hotel on the Bell Tower Square. Charges range from ¥2.50 to ¥4 per hour and there's a small cafe on site. Opposite the railway station on the second floor of the McDonald's there's a good 24-hr. net cafe which charges ¥4 per hour. Branches of Starbucks (in the Bell Tower Square, another on Dong Dajie) provide free Wi-Fi.

Post Office -- The main branch is at the northwest corner of the Bell Tower at Bei Dajie 1, open 9am to 7pm.

Visa Extensions -- Extensions can be obtained from the PSB (tel. 029/8727-5934) located out in the southwest of the city on Keyi Lu. They are open Monday to Friday 8:30am to noon and 3 to 6pm and they take 3 days to process extensions.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.