Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Picture of the Day: Queuing Up

The commemorative Bank of China HK$100 banknote
When I walked towards the Sheung Wan MTR station this morning I saw an enormous queue and was worried there was something going on I didn't know about.

The police were there to monitor the crowds, wrapping plastic tape around poles to keep the people lining up in order.

And then in Causeway Bay in the underpass near Times Square I saw the same mass crowds of people.

What were they waiting for?
A large queue in the underpass in Causeway Bay

The commemorative HK$100 banknotes to mark the centenary of the Bank of China.

People had to buy the souvenir note at HK$150 a piece, but the resale value has already jumped to HK$1,100 apiece in Hong Kong, and 1,200 RMB in Guangzhou.

That's great, but to be honest, the design of the banknote is really ugly, particularly with the "100" written so un-artistically on the front.

Don't you think?


  1. Believe it or not, I saw a long line outside a Fortress Hill branch of the Bank of China already *last night*! Guess some people were happy to queue overnight for those notes...

  2. Those banknotes are too ugly to line up for!!!