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Are credit cards widely accepted and safe to use locally? Are ATMs common and do you recommend using them? Are they safe to use?

Accepted at large stores and Western style restaurants. We were cautious and only used the credit cards where we felt safe and ATM machines at the banks. We did get counterfeit bills out of an ATM once but not in Chengdu. - Aug 7, 2017
It is very difficult to use American credit cards here. Only large, western hotel chains accept them. Most people here operate in cash. - May 18, 2016
Cash rules for most transactions though credit cards are accepted at the major hotels and some higher-end places. Only some ATMS around town will accept foreign credit cards, people will tell you which are which. - Aug 2, 2013
Very few stores take them. This is still very much a cash economy. - May 4, 2013