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Central bank: No cats on 100-yuan note

By Cheng Yingqi (China Daily)

08:44, February 09, 2012

An online post has claimed there are three cartoon cats on the 100-yuan note, but China's central bank denies this and says the prints are based on ancient lacquerware. (China Daily / Zhu Xingxin)

BEIJING - The Chinese Internet is abuzz over what many believe to be an inconspicuous illustration of three cartoon cats on the 100-yuan ($16) note, though officials from the central bank claim people's imaginations are getting the better of them.

Earlier this week, an online post said there is a design of three cartoon cats on the 100-yuan note beside the portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong.

The post soon became a hot Internet topic. By Wednesday, 28,000 related comments had already been posted on Sina Weibo, a popular Chinese micro-blogging service.

China has published five series of RMB since 1948. The currently circulated RMB note, which includes denominations up to 100 yuan, was put into use in 1999.

If you rotate the 100-yuan bill 90 degrees, you will find the cat-like prints next to Mao Zedong's portrait, according to the post.

"It indeed looks like three cats, one standing in the middle, the other two kneeling on both sides. That is funny. How is it that I have never noticed before?" said Liu Chen, 26, from Beijing.

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Spin at 2012-03-1459.167.245.*
Suggest next iteration of 100-yuan bill picture Deng Xiaoping with hiking walking stick with scenic Yellow Mountain background to encourage citizens to care for their environment yet make progress, sustainable, and never ever neglect investments.
PD User at 2012-03-1459.167.245.*
Suggest next iteration of 100-yuan bill picture Deng Xiaoping with hiking walking stick with scenic Yellow Mountain background to encourage citizens to care for their environment yet make progress, sustainable, and never ever neglect investments.
Martin at 2012-02-2398.141.172.*
Deng Xiaoping is not as worthy as Mao Zedong! Mao Zedong founded the nation and united the people. It is wise to honor such persons. Without a foundation, nothing can be built or stand once built.
ASEAN at 2012-02-10220.255.2.*
It is time China change the portrait on its notes to that of Deng Xiaoping or some other leaders in the past. It is good to honour someone as great as Deng Xiaoping. Or as See suggest, beautiful scenery of China.
Tracker at 2012-02-09122.107.87.*
Haha, what an amazing thing!. To my western eyes it looks like a mosaic and I think to myself how can they get a cat out of that picture ???...but when I think Chinese I can see the cats. I will always look at a 100 yuan note in a different perspective now....lol
  

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