Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Famous Landmarks on Current Chinese Banknotes

Courtesy of China Highlights
Bank Notes Tours

Images of five of China’s most famous landmarks are presented on the bank notes of 5th edition of the Renminbi – the Chinese currency.

1 Yuan - West Lake
Place: Hangzhou
Brief Introduction:
It is surrounded by hills and trees and faces the city of Hangzhou to the North and East. There are three causeways or bridges across the lake and three man-made islands named Santangyinyue (Three Pools Mirroring the Moon), Huxin Ting (Mid-Lake Pavilion) and Ruan Dunhuanbi.

5 Yuan- Mt. Tai
Place: Taian
Brief Introduction:
Mt. Tai is one of five sacred Taoist mountains in China and located in central Shandong Province just north of Tai'an City. Tai Shan has an extremely rich cultural heritage and, in the words of Guo Moruo, a modern Chinese scholar, is "a partial miniature of Chinese culture." Moreover, the way in which the culture has been integrated with the natural scenery is considered to be a precious legacy.

10 Yuan - The Yangtze River
Place: Yangtze River
Brief Introduction:
The Yangtze River (Changjiang), over 6300 kilometers long, is the largest and longest river in China. A Yangtze River Cruise will take you through the cradle of Chinese culture, while giving you the opportunity to see some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable.

20 Yuan - The Li River
Place: Guilin
Brief Introduction:
A cruise along the Li River between Guilin and Yangshuo is an unforgettable experience. As you take in the stunning scenery there's something interesting to see at almost every bend in the river. Between spectacular limestone peaks you'll see graceful bamboo groves, farmers tending rice paddies, and lumbering water buffaloes pulling carts or cooling off in the river.

50 Yuan - The Potala Palace
Place: Tibet
Brief Introduction:
Former winter home of the Dalai Lama, which is a vast, awe-inspiring maze of corridors and stairs leading through countless rooms of richly decorated statues, tombs, murals and antiques. You will climb past the White Palace into the Red Palace, where the file of pilgrims offering silk scarves, coins or yak butter to burn in the shrines combine to make this an unforgettable experience. Note: you need to be fit for the long stairways.

100 Yuan - The Great Hall of the People
Place: Beijing
Brief Introduction:
Xian City Wall with Bicycle - Biking around the best preserved ancient city wall in the world.
The Great Hall of the People was built by Chinese people in 1959 and is included in the list of Ten Top Constructions in Beijing. Located in the west of the Tiananmen Square, the Great Hall of the People is sublime and rich in traditional taste. It is the political hub of Beijing and home of the National People's Congress. Every year in March, the National People's Congress (NPC) meet and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (SCPCC) are held here.

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