China Travel Photo of the Day: Money makes the world go around

Culture | by China Travel
Posted: September 15th, 2010 | Updated: September 15th, 2010 | Comments
Counterfeit money, RMB, Xi'an, Shaanxi In the words of Deng Xiaoping "to get rich is glorious" and taking him at his word, China thunders on towards ever-more lavish displays of desire for individual wealth and power... not to mention counterfeiting, as in our photo of the day (can you spot a fake note? Read on for a link to a valuable how-to on the subject...). Anyway, on the general subject of wealth, our own David Perry took a look yesterday at some of the recent talk surrounding one manifestation of China's money madness, the newly developed and ultra-luxurious Sinan Mansions in Shanghai. And on the general subject of money culture in today's China, check out this breakdown of Shanghai's 7 Class Social System by Baoru over at CNReviews (classes 6 and 7 take filthy rich to whole new heights... I expect they've already reserved their suites at Sinan Mansions). Of course, not everyone is making their mint in (ostensibly) legitimate ways--some prefer to cut a few corners in their efforts to join the moneyed classes by counterfeiting their yaun, and a shedload of it at that (I'm sure old Deng wasn't talking about this). C'mon guys, printing your own is cheating! The above-photographed haul of RMB 820,000 was seized in Xi'an, Shaanxi province on Tuesday. According to Global Times, it was mostly circulated in clubs, bars and entertainment centers (all those places where your brain might not be quite as sharp as usual and a whole lot of cash is changing hands every night), and it's a timely reminder to cast a wary eye over any cash that comes your way. Not sure what you're looking for? Check out these handy tips on how to identify fake RMB 100 notes.
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