People are mocking Hong Kong's new $100 bill for resembling âhell moneyâ
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Hong Kong just gave residents a peek into its new banknotes yesterday (July 24), but one of the bill designs is already being mocked for its resemblance to âhell money,â which Chinese people burn for their deceased loved ones.
HSBC, Standard Chartered, and Bank of China spent three years working with the monetary authority to each design five new notes. In addition to preventing counterfeiting, the new bills are centere d around a few themes to promote Hong Kongâs culture and sights, such as dim sum ($20 notes), the cityâs Unesco Global Geopark ($500), and Cantonese opera ($100). Itâs the last one that has drawn mockery.
Some people say they feel a little unnerved by Bank of Chinaâs version of the $100 note, which features a female Cantonese opera performer, because of its likeness to paper money (link in Chinese) meant for use in the afterlife.
âThe design is very scary. One should spend it right after receiving it. I donât dare to bring it home,â wrote one on Facebook. âThe design looks like a cooperation with the ghost bank,â said someone else (links in Chinese) on the social-media site.
The new bills will be put into circulation in the fourth quarter this year. The last time Hong Kong issued new designs of banknotes was in 2010.Read full story home our picks popular latest obsessions search Source: Google News Hong Kong | Netizen 24 Hong Kong