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How to recognise Chinese currency

Saturday, December 19th, 2020
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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”, issurred 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”)

1 Jiao = 10 Fen

Remark: Colloquially in Chinese, the Yuan is often called kuai, and the Jiao is often 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
 
 
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.
 

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The Old World Charm in Shanghai

Sunday, November 1st, 2020

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby featherWhen you arrive in Pudong Airport and move further into to the city center of the megacity of Shanghai, you will be bombarded with trendy and futuristic skyscrapers  as well as amazed by the old world charms of the colonial buildings and traditional Chinese alleys and elegant architectures.

Shanghai has many superlatives which you won’t miss on your first trip to Shanghai – the fastest maglev train in the world, the tallest observation deck, the highest hotel and the list could be longer.

If you are an old world charm enthusiast, you will be definitely excited by what the fish-village-turned metropolitan Shanghai can offer.  The surviving old town area, mainly inclusive of Yuyuan Garden, Yuyuan Bazaar and Town God Temple will catch your imagination of the old world charm in Shanghai.

Though a bit gone through some gentrification, the old town area still largely keeps its old Chinese buildings,  charming private gardens, Chinese temples, street-front shops; tea house, silk, Shanghai cuisines, snacks and local products.

For more information on How to get to the Old Town in Shanghai, please check out How to Visit Yuyuan Garden and Bazaar.

If you have enough time in traveling the old world in Shanghai,  sit down in a tea house which is located in the heart of the Nine-Bend Bridge and Pond. The Nine-Bend Bridge and the Pond is the core of the bustling area of the old town. The tea house is known as “Huxinting Tea House” , literally “Mid-Lake Pavilion Tea house”.

Huxinting Tea House  is an old wooden two-story house with up-turned eaves perched on the pond.  The two flags with the big character “茶” ( Tea ) are fluttering in the wind, an old way to attract visitors to come for a sip of Chinese tea and sit above a bit distant cacophony of noise and motion.

Huxinting Teahouse perched on the pond

I walk up the ladder to the second floor and order a cup of green tea and some snacks which costs me about 10 US dollars.

You have a quite variety of tea choices with some being very expensive. So be vigilant about your tea selection.

I walk up the ladder to the second floor and order a cup of green tip of Chinese tea

Two qipao-clad Chinese girls are playing pipa, a traditional Chinese string instrument.

Two qipao-clad Chinese girls are playing pipa

Sitting leisurely and sipping Chinese tea, talking, laughing and enjoying the quietness in the middle of noise and human motion below.

Sitting leisurely and sipping Chinese tea,

You can have a better view overlooking the old world charm below with people moving against the traditional Chinese buildings, zigzag bridges, alleys and people to people watch.

You can have a better view overlooking the old world charm below

On the first floor in the teahouse, you will have an opportunity to watch people how to manually make green tea, by frying the tea on a big wok.

Watch people how to manually make green tea

Walk around the hustling area,  have a peep show accompanied by singing commentary, an old recreational performance.

A peep show accompanied by singing commentary,

Waiting in line to buy watering steamed buns with pork or other delicious fillings.

Sipping the soup in the bun by using a plastic tube.

 

A chic Starbucks housed in a traditional architecture

Planning your Shanghai tour? No matter you like it or not, a side trip to the old town in Shanghai is worth your valuable time

Tip:  Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Shanghai Highlight Day Tour from US$ 65
Afternoon Ambling & Evening Brilliant Cruise Day Tour from US$ 55
Historic Shanghai and Ancient Water Town Day Tour from US$ 59
Shanghai 2 Day Tour Package from US$ 145
Shanghai 3 Day Tour package from US$ 199

Further Readings


Top 10 Attraction in Shanghai
Top 10 Markets in Shanghai
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do at night in Shanghai
Best Places for Autumn Leaves in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do in Winter in Shanghai
Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai

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Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

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Dear Travelers,

We’d like to have the following quick guide to be always updated for the benefit of new visitors using Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station.

If you have any questions or anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!
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Plan your Shanghai tour? Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station is part of the Hongqiao Transportation Hub, the largest transportation hub in China, combining airport, railway, subway, city bus and long-distance bus.

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station mainly operates Beijing–Shanghai High Speed Rail, Shanghai–Hangzhou High Speed Rail and Shanghai–Nanjing Intercity High Speed Rail.

The construction of this huge station building follows the principle of “entering from the above and exiting from the below”.

F3: Commercial floor for restaurants and shops and Vip lounge

F2: Departure floor as well as the station waiting area ( Also for ticketing offices )

F1: Platforms and tracks for outgoing and arriving high speed trains

B1: Arrival floor for arriving train passengers, a huge traffic transit hub for subway, flight, taxi, city bus and long-distance bus. There are several ticket selling outlets on the B1 floor.

B2: Platforms for subway lines (subway line 2 & 10)

B2 Floor Information
The B2 floor is designed for subway platforms – Subway Line 2 and 10 linking the railway station with the center of Shanghai.

If you want to go to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station by subway, you are advised to use Line 2 and Line 10 and get off at Hongqiao Railway Station and take the escalator up to the B1 floor ( arrival floor ), or continue to  the second floor ( F2 ), the waiting room for departure.

B2 Floor  is the departure floor for Subway Line 2 and Line 10, where you take an escalator up to B1, and F2. The signboard to the service you are going to use when you arrive at Hongquao Railway Station by subway at B2.

The signboard to the service you are going to use when you arrive at Hongquao Railway Station by subway at B2.

 After arriving at Hongqiao Railway Station, if you would like to use Shanghai subway, then you walk down the escalator from the F1 floor ( platform ) to the B1 floor (arrival floor), buying subway tickets on B1, again walk down to the B2 floor to connect Shanghai subway, either line 2 or line 10.

B1 Floor Information
The B1 is arrival floor for train passengers, a huge traffic transit hub for subway, train, flight, taxi, city bus and long-distance bus. There are several ticket selling outlets on the B1 floor.

1.  To go to T1 of Hongqiao airport, you should take subway line 10 and get off at Hongqiao airport.

2.  To go to to T2 of Hongqiao airport, you can easily take a moving walkways for 10 minutes to get to T2 of Hongqiao Airport.

3.  To get to the city center of Shanghai, you should take subway line 2

4.  To get to Pudong airport, you should take subway line 2 ( about 1.4 hours )

5.  To get to Shanghai Railway Station, you should first take subway line 2 and interchange for Subway line 1 at the stop of People’s Square and get off at the stop of Shanghai Railway Station.

Buying high speed train tickets on the B1 floor or F1

Buying high speed train tickets on the B1 floor

The B1 floor is mainly designed as the arrival floor for train passengers at Hongqiao Railway Station. 

The B1 floor is mainly designed as the arrival floor for Hongqiao Railway Station.

Line up for the taxi in and starting form B1 

Line up for the taxi in and starting form B1

F1 Floor Information
First floor (F1) has totally 16 platforms with 30 tracks for outgoing and incoming bullet trains.

First floor (F1) is the platform for outgoing and incoming bullet trains.

F2 Floor Information
The second floor( F2 ) of covers 10,000 square meters, used as the waiting room for the high-speed trains. You first wait on the second floor and look for the signboard for your train number.

When it approaches the departure time for your train, passengers will line up before the signboard.When it is time for embarking, passengers will be guided to take the escalator down to the platform on the first floor (F1). So please wait on the second floor and look for your train number sign.

They are passengers waiting for high speed trains in the waiting lounge on the second floor ( F2 ) of the terminal building of Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station.

If you need any help at Hongqiao Railway Station, please go to the Enquiry Counter with a question mark “?” on the second floor.

Enquiry Counter with a question mark “?” e Enquiry

F3 Floor Information
The third floor is for restaurants and shops and Vip lounge. The McDonald’s or KFC at T2 of the Hongqiao airport offer 24 hours service.  Hongqiao Train Station and T2 of Hongqiao airport are connected by a moving walkway, 15-minute walk.

Restaurants on the third floor

Restaurants on the third floor.

Adjacent to the Terminal 2 of Shanghai Hongqiao Airport
Note: if you want to go to Terminal 1 of Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, you should take subway line 10 and get off at Hongqiao Airport Station.

Walking from B1 of Hongqiao Railway Station to the Terminal 2 of Hongqiao Airport

Walking from Hongqiao Railway Station to the Terminal 2 of Hongqiao Airport

Remarks:

1. Luggage Deposit
There are some self-service baggage deposit areas on the second floor. The instructions on how to use the self-service baggage storage are all in Chinese.

If you cannot handle the self-service left luggage lockers. If you may turn to “Enquiry Counter” for help, which is located in the center of the waiting hall on the second floor.

Deposit Time: between 06:00 – 21:00
Service Line: 1502659 0673
Complaint: 95105105

Baggage deposit service fees:

Large suitcase: RMB 20 (8 hours)
Small Suitcase: RMB 10 9 8 hours)

2. If you need “Red Cap service” (Hong Mao Zi Carrying) which assists seniors or people with too much luggage who need someone to take their luggage on to the train coach, please go to the Enquiry (information center) in the middle of the waiting hall. When you are on the arrival floor, you will see the porters from Red Cap Service are waiting for business.

the porters from Red Cap Service are waiting for business

the porters from Red Cap Service are waiting for business

Red Cap Service Fees
1) RMB 20 for large suitcase.
2) RMb 10 for samaller one.
Service Line: 021-51245660
Complaint: 95105105

3.  The McDonald’s or KFC at the Hongqiao airport offer 24 hours service.  Hongqiao train station and Hongqiao airport are connected by a moving sideway, 15-minute walk.4. A Smoking Room is by the Gate 4 ( south) on the arrival Hall ( second floor)

Smoking Room

Smoking Room

Tip:  Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Further Readings


Top 10 Attraction in Shanghai 
Top 10 Markets in Shanghai
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do at night in Shanghai
Best Places for Autumn Leaves in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do in Winter in Shanghai 
Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai

Shanghai Hongqiao Airport.
Shanghai Pudong Airport.
Shanghai Railway Station.
Shanghai South Railway Station.
Shanghai Subway.
Shanghai Taxi.
Shanghai Public Bus.

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