I tried the bank draft, Certified Bank Check. 30 day wait to clear. It even happened one time at Bank of Hsinchu in Houkou for a 100 dollar travelers check. Just transfer. So much easier. Dont forget that $10,000 is the max you can take out of U.S. - that includes the dollar bills and pocket change that happens to be in the pockets. Result - arrest and questioned for about 2 hours.
I had a student travelling for MA in U.S. She is about 30 years old with a possesive mother. I had gone over this monetary thing 5 times with her but mom knows better and insists on holding all the money. Properly declared that mom was holding about 18,000 U.S., 1/2 of which was her daughters. Result? Both arrested, ushered to a questioning room and grilled for 2 hours. Finally released but missed the connecting fligh, spent an extra night in L.A., motel and food expense and non-refunadble ticket on their unused connecting flight! I tell that story because, students going to U.S. need to listen up. Moms too. (That one was beyond hope!)
Keep ye company with those who seek truth and run from those who have found it.
Edited from Václav Havel