Currency is called a visiting card of a country. Renminbi (RMB) is the legal currency of china, therefore, it's also the visiting card of China, and five editions of RMB have been issued successively in China up to now. Do you know which scenic spots are printed on the back of RMB? RMB not only serves as the medium of exchange in China, but also it also shows the Chinese spirit through natura scenic spots and cultural heritages on its back.
Now let's take patterns on the backs of the 5th edition of RMB as examples to introduce some Chinese attractions you should not miss during your China travel, namely, 100-yuan bill, 50-yuan bill, 20-yuan bill, 10-yuan bill, 5-yuan bill and one-yuan bill.
Landscape on Chinese RMB Banknotes
Beijing: The Great Hall of the People on 100-yuan Bill
The pattern on the back of Chinese 100-yuan bill is the Great Hall of the People. The Great Hall of the People stands in the west of Beijing Tiananmen Square and faces China National Museum in the east, and it's the venue to hold the National People's Congress, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the National Congress of the Communist Party of China regularly, and it measures 336 meters (367 yards) long from north to south, 206 meters (225 yards) wide from east to west and 46.5 meters (50.9 yards) tall in a magnificent style.
The highlighted sightseeing spots near the Great Hall of the People include Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, the National Grand Theater, Zhongshan Park and the Forbidden City, all of which are must-see attractions during your Beijing travel.
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Lhasa, Tibet: Potala Palace on 50-yuan Bill
Potala Palace is printed on on the back of Chinese 50-yuan bill, and it perches on the 3,700-meter (12,139 feet) tall Red Mountain in Lhasa downtown, Tibet, which is a holy site of Tibetan Buddhism. The 13-storeded Potala Palace was built by Tibetan King Sontzen Gampo in the 7th century to commemorate his marriage to Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty, and it's a magnificent 115-meter (377 feet) tall building of 999 rooms. Potala Palace has become the first choice for visitors during their Tibet travel, and it attracts millions of pilgrims from all over the world each year.
A famous scenic spot near Potala Palace is Barkhor Bazaar, where the ancient architecture complex is the epitome of Tibetan history as well as the essence of ancient Tibetan architecture, and it's a commercial street to purchase some Tibetan souvenirs such as Tangka.
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Guilin: Guilin Landscape on 20-yuan Bill
The pattern on the back of Chinese 20-yuan bill is Guilin landscape, more specifically, Xiping Section of Li River Scenery, in which the mountains set off their inverted reflections in Li River. Guilin landscape is characterized by its green hills, clear water, pretty rocks and grotesque caves, and it's famous all over the world for its unique karst landform.
The essence of Guilin is concentrated on the Li River, especially the 52 miles long waterway from Guilin to Yangshuo, which is praised by visitors as a 100-mile gallery. You are highly recommended to take a Li River cruise during your Guilin Travel to appreciate fine views along the Li River, including green peaks, crystal-clear water and ancient fish villages.
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Yangtze River: Wu-Gorge on 10-yuan Bill
Wu Gorge, a part of the Three Gorges, is printed on on the back of Chinese 10-yuan bill, and it stretches from Daning River Mouth of Wushan County to Guandukou of Badong County with 45-km long (28 miles).
Wu Gorge is composed of the west section and the east section, of which the west section is made up of Golden Helmet & Silver Armor Gorge and Arrow Piercing Gorge, and the east section is comprised of Iron Coffin Gorge and Door Leaf Gorge.
A number of beautiful scenic spots are scattered along Wu Gorge, which include the twelve Peaks of Witch Hill, Luyou Ancient Cave, the Great Teaching Platform of Yu , Goddess Temple and Kuiwu Plank Road, and you're advised to take a Yangtze River cruise to explore the uncanny workmanship of nature.
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Taian City: Mountain Tai on 5-yuan Bill
The pattern on the back of Chinese 5-yuan bill is Mountain Tai in Shandong Province. The 1,546-meter (5,072 feet) tall Mountain Tai plays an important part in the Chinese culture, and it used to be a site for ancient emperors to office sacrifice to Heaven and Earth. Mountain Tai is among the five most sacred mountains in china along with Mountain Hengshan in Hunan, Mountain Huashan in Shaanxi, Mountain Hengshan in Shanxi and Mountain Songshan in Henan.
Covered by green-forest, Mountain Tai features magnificence and solemnity, and it's not only famous for its natural scenic spots, but also it's noted for its profound cultural connotation in the history of China. In Mountain Tai scenic area, the natural scenic spots are represented by the Rising Sun from East, the Sunset Glow, Yellow River Gold Belt and Billowing Pine through Stone Wood, and the cultural heritages are highlighted by Sheshou Peak (for worshiping the Earth) and Heavenly Emperor Peak (for worshiping the Heaven).
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Hangzhou: West Lake on One-yuan Bill
Three Pools Mirroring the Moon of West Lake is printed on on the back of Chinese One-yuan bill. Surrounded by mountains in three sides, the 6.5-square kilometer (2.5 square miles) West Lake is embedded in Hangzhou downtown of Zhejiang Province, measuring 3.2 kilometers (2 miles) from north to south and 2.8 kilometers (1.7 miles) from east to west.
Three Pools Mirroring the Moon is a symbolic attraction of Hangzhou West Lake, and it's a perfect combination of natural scenery and man-made architecture. The three pools actually refer to three stone pagodas above West Lake, which are extremely fantastics as the lights are on at night. West Lake is listed on the world heritage sites by the UNESCO owing to its profound cultural connotation and thousands of years' history.
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