• Financial Institutions
  • Corporations
  • Travelers
  • Foreign Bank Note Exchange
  • International Drafts
  • International Wire Transfers
  • Global EFT
  • Foreign Check Clearing
  • Foreign Draft Issuance
  • Travel
  • Technology Companies
  • Payroll
  • Healthcare
  • Nonprofit
  • Partnerships

4 Surprising Facts You Didn't Know About the Chinese Yuan

Ryan February 4th, 2019
4 Surprising Facts You Didn't Know About the Chinese Yuan


OnlineFX Ordering foreign currency is easy with OnlineFX.

Order Foreign Currency




Have you ever taken a close look at your Chinese currency? This currency has many features that you probably haven't thought about before. See if you've observed these characteristics of "the people's money."

The Banknote Has Distinct Watermarks

There are securities lines on each banknote, printed in a light pink or silver, with small lettering written along the edge of it. The letters are very hard to replicate for safety. There are also a few watermarks that appear when held to the light, such as a rose and a white denomination. 

Chinese Currency Has Many Names

Chinese currency is called Renminbi, but it is also called the Chinese yuan. Colloquially, the yuan is called kuai. The ISO for this currency is CNY, or CNH in Hong Kong, but RMB can also be seen in many places. The currency can also be indicated with the yuan sign, ¥.

Fake Banknotes Feel Different

CNY has "People's Bank of China" written on them in braille, for the visually-impaired. These areas of the note are more concave and convex. There is a clear resistance when you feel those parts. Fake banknotes can be easily spotted by feeling the banknotes; they will be completely smooth. 

Only Certain Institutions Can Confiscate Counterfeit Bills

When it comes to Chinese yuan, there are different ways your money can be confiscated. According to regulation, all banking institutions that access RMB can forfeit counterfeit currency. 

This includes The People's Bank of China, The Ministry of Public Security, China Construction Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and Agricultural Bank of China.


Get more foreign currency (FX) news >

Subscribe now to CXI's newsletters >


About Currency Exchange International
Currency Exchange International (CXI) is a leading provider of foreign currency exchange services in North America for financial institutions, corporations and travelers. Products and services for international travelers include access to buy and sell more than 90 foreign currencies, multi-currency cash passport’s, traveler’s cheques and gold bullion coins and bars. For financial institutions and corporations, our services include the exchange of foreign currencies, international wire transfers, global EFT, the purchase and sale of foreign bank drafts, international traveler’s cheques, and foreign cheque clearing through the use of CXI’s innovative CEIFX web-based FX software www.ceifx.com


Disclaimer: All product names, logos, and brands are property of their respective owners. All company, product and service names used in this website are for identification purposes only. Use of these names, logos, and brands does not imply endorsement.


Tags: News, Currency