How to recognise Chinese currency

 

If you are planning your China tour, before you depart for China it is advisable that you have some basic knowledge on how to recognize Chinese currency and identify fake money as well.
 
China’s legal tender is Renminbi ( Abbreviation: RMB), literally meaning “People’s Money”, issured by the People’s Bank of China. Short official name: CNY (China Yuan), but the short name RMB is also often used. Its symbol: ¥; Monetary unit: Yuan (元) and Fractional units: Jiao (角) and Fen (分).
 
1 Yuan  = 10 Jiao ( also called “Mao”)
10 Jiao = 10 Fen
Remark: Colloquially in Chinese, the Yuan is often called kuai, and the Jiao is called mao.
 
Currently China Money in use is China’s fifth edition of Chinese currency ( 1999 – 2005) circulating from 1999.
The paper money in is 100 Yuan, 50 Yuan, 20 Yuan, 10 Yuan, 5 Yuan, 1 Yuan, 5 Jiao and 1 Jiao.
The coin in is 1 Yuan, 5 Jiao, 1 Jiao, 5 Fen, 2 Fen and 1 Fen  
 
Face Value: 100 Yuan (Kuai) 
Face side: Head Portrait of Figure of Mao Zedong
Main Color of the Face Side: Red

Face side: Head Portrait of Figure of Mao Zedong: Main Color of the Face Side: Red

 
Reverse Side: Great Hall of the People
Main Color of the Reverse Side: Red 

Reverse Side: Great Hall of the People; Main Color of the Reverse Side: Red

 
Face Value: 50 Yuan (Kuai) 
Face side: Head Portrait of Figure of Mao Zedong
Main Color of the Face Side: Green 

Face side: Head Portrait of Figure of Mao Zedong; Main Color of the Face Side: Green

Reverse Side: The Potala Palace
Main Color of the Reverse Side: Green 

Reverse Side: The Potala Palace; Main Color of the Reverse Side: Green

 
Face Value: 20 Yuan (Kuai) 
Face side: Head Portrait of Figure of Mao Zedong
Main Color of the Face Side: Brown

Face side: Head Portrait of Figure of Mao Zedong; Main Color of the Face Side: Brown

 
Reverse Side: Li River Guilin
Main Color of the Reverse Side: Brown

Reverse Side: Li River Guilin; Main Color of the Reverse Side: Brown

 

 
Face Value: 10 Yuan (Kuai) 
Face side: Head Portrait of Figure of Mao Zedong
Main Color of the Face Side: Bluish Black 

Face side: Head Portrait of Figure of Mao Zedong; Main Color of the Face Side: Bluish Black

Main Color of the Reverse Side: Bluish Black 

Reverse Side: Three Gorges of Yangtze River; Main Color of the Reverse Side: Bluish Black

Face Value: 5 Yuan (Kuai) 
Face side: Head Portrait of Figure of Mao Zedong
Main Color of the Face Side: Purple 

Face side: Head Portrait of Figure of Mao Zedong; Main Color of the Face Side: Purple

 
Reverse Side: Mount Taishan
Main Color of the Reverse Side: Purple

Reverse Side: Mount Taishan; Main Color of the Reverse Side: Purple

 
Face Value: 1 Yuan (Kuai) 
Face side: Head Portrait of Figure of Mao Zedong
Main Color of the Face Side: Olive Green

Face side: Head Portrait of Figure of Mao Zedong; Main Color of the Face Side: Olive Green

 

Main Color of the Reverse Side: Olive Green
 

Reverse Side: The West Lake in Hangzhou; Main Color of the Reverse Side: Olive Green

 
Coins of Chinese Currency 
1 Yuan, 5 Jiao, 1 Jiao, 5 Fen, 2 Fen and 1 Fen
 

coins

 
How to identify fake money
It is possible to receive counterfeit money while traveling China. So it is advisable to know to how to identify the fake money.
1. Check the watermark
The fifth edition of Chinese currency has a watermark on the left front side. You can easily recognize it against the light.
2. Check the security line
There is a golden security line in the middle of RMB100, RMB50, RMB20, RMB10 and RMB5.
3. Check the color and quality
The color of RMB notes is hard to imitate, and counterfeit bills are usually too fuzzy, that is, the images and colors are not so sharp.

2 Responses to “How to recognise Chinese currency”

  1. Can I buy RBM Traveller Checks at Delhi. If yes, where? says:

    Above info is requested as we are going to CHINA as tourist

  2. admin says:

    1) Please check with your Bank in Delhi for RMB check.
    2) Please visit http://www.tour-beijing.com/blog/beijing-travel/beijing-travel-tips/how-to-recognise-chinese-currency/ for moe information on China money.

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