Being bright pink, the 100元 note comes across as a bit of a 2D party. That with it you can buy a boatload of stuff in cheap-as-chips China also gives it a certain fun-factor. But I’m here to tell you, there’s more!
All Worship 猫 Zedong?
The relatively new Tea Leaf Nation recently reported on a meme going around the Chinese Internet that reveals a hidden secret in the Chinese 100RMB note — cartoon cats worshiping an even bigger cartoon cat. I shit you not.
Obviously there is no secret “Cult of 猫“. In actuality the security feature’s pattern is likely designed after a pattern from the Warring States period.
Happy Mao / Sad Mao
Secret symbolism not your thing? Well, what if I told you that with a bit of simple oragami you can control the mood of the Great Helmsman himself? I can’t remember who first showed me this, but it makes me giggle every time. Here’s how to make the mighty Mao happy or sad with a couple simple folds on a 100RMB bill:
Let me know in the comments if you’ve got any fun tricks or trivia about everyone’s favourite Mao portrait.