人民币 (Rénmínbì), “the people’s currency”, shortened RMB, measured in yuán (元), is the money used in China. This week Mingbai explores the bills and their motifs.
The most recently issued series of paper money comes in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 yuán. They have a picture of Máo Zédōng on one side, and a famous landmark on the other. We’ll start with the lowest denomination.
三潭印月 (Sān tán yìn yuè), “The Three Pools Mirroring the Moon”, adorn the green 1 yuan bill (about 16 US cents). They are three small stone pagodas in the middle of the West Lake of Hángzhōu, widely recognized as one of the most beautiful places in China.
They light up like little moons when candles are put inside them. They reflect on the serene waters of the lake and have inspired much music and poetry.
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