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Pictures On Chinese Banknotes

When paying with Chinese money, have you ever noticed the images on the banknotes? While the fronts are still covered by a Mao Zedong portrait, the back sides are dedicated to several scenic spots or special areas all over China. Get inspired by the places in our short 'currency overview'!


1 RMB Banknote: West Lake in Hangzhou

When Marco Polo came to Hangzhou in the 13th century he declared that "it is the most beautiful and elegant city in the world". And Hangzhou remains this charm till today, no wonder that it found its way onto the one yuan note: 


5 RMB Banknote: Tai Mountain in Shandong

Tao Mountain is one of the five Daoist sacred mountains in China. Because of its history, it is the most climbed mountain in China. It is the pride of Shandong province and reaches up to an imposing elevation of 1545 m above sea level. Some 6 million tourists a year come to follow in the footsteps of Confucius and other great leaders and thinkers of China. The mountain can be found on the five Yuan banknote: 


10 RMB Banknote: The Three Gorges

As one of the most famous sites of China, a picture of the Three Gorges is printed on the 10 Yuan bill. It is also famous because of its controversial Three Gorges Dam, which was finished in 2007 and dams the Yangtze River over 600 km between Yichang in the east and Chongqing in the west. Check out our South China Tour, including a river cruise through the gorges!


20 RMB Banknote: Guilin

Also the scenery of Guilin is very famous - it was and still is often painted. No wonder that it finds itself again on our currency, precisely on the 20 Yuan banknote. The seemingly surreal southern Chinese karst landscape evolved from erosion and formed millions of karst hills and peaks of which also the Stone Forest, close to Kunming is part of.


50 RMB Banknote: Potala Palace, Lhasa

The image on the 50 RMB bill is the Potala Palace, which is located in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. This giant building has 13 floors and a total of over 1000 rooms and is built at an elevation of 3700 m. Situated at the roof of the world, the Potala Palace was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the late 60's, when the 14. Dalai Lama fled to India. In 1994, it was listed as world cultural heritage by the UNESCO. Check out our information on Tibet and all of our Tibet tours.


100 RMB Banknote: The Great Hall of the People, Beijing

Beijing is the capital of China and the Tiananmen Square is considered the center of Beijing, the Heart of China and the Center of State Power. The main building on Tiananmen Square is the Great Hall of the People, where the most important decisions of the Chinese government are made. The biggest denomination of Chinese paper money is the 100 Yuan banknote, thus, the image of this important building has been printed on it.


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