Your guide to attractions featured on China's paper money.
Naturally, Tiananmen Square’s Great Hall of the People
dominates the back of China’s highest denomination.
On the 50RMB is Lhasa’s Potala Palace
, one of the most sacred sites in the Tibetan
capital. The palace was originally constructed in 1645 by the fifth Dalai Lama.
The section of the Li River between Guilin and Yangshuo featured
on the back of this note has remained largely untouched for decades – to
the extent that you can still take out your note and match it up with
the real landscape.
The Three Gorges is on the back of the 10RMB. The area has
undergone significant changes since the infamous dam was built, though
operators still run regular Yangtze River cruises from Chongqing to
close to the site.
On the back of the 5 kuai is the sun rising over Taishan in
Shandong province. The name of the mountain means ‘peace’. Which is
ironic given the huge crowds that congregate at the site every day.
Hangzhou’s West Lake
is depicted as a tranquil stretch of water
on the back of the 1RMB, a scene that is sharply removed from the
tourist-packed modern day reality.