Rachel Lu

Shocking Secret on Chinese Bank Note Uncovered

The equivalent of the Eye of Providence on the American dollar bill has been discovered by Chinese netizens on the RMB100 bank note (worth approximately US$16). Right next to the picture of Mao, the Great Helmsman, there appears to be cartoonish renditions of three cats, two prostrating before the “leader cat” in the center, with its arms raised and eyes glazed. Really, how could anyone have missed these “Worshiping Cats” (朝拜猫) all this time? Netizens have also noted that “cat” is pronounced “mao” in Mandarin. Interesting.

Aspiring Dan Browns, pick up your pens.


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Rachel Lu

Rachel Lu is a co-founder of Tea Leaf Nation. Rachel traces her ancestry to Southern China. She spent much of her childhood memorizing Chinese poetry. After long stints in New York, New Haven and Cambridge, she has returned to China to bear witness to its great transformation. She is currently based in China.
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  • http://www.mandmx.com Magnus

    This is bizarre… I’ll have to check a hundred the next time I get one. At least with the eye of providence there’s a cool back story. But with cat worshiping thats a bit strange…

    Oh if the Chinese could run with this… oh if they had a Dan Brownesque type writer there would be so many cool stories… but alas, they can’t and they won’t. I guess it’s up to us Laowai!

    • dragonwell

      Dear Magnus, we have checked a stack of RMB100 notes (yes that’s how we roll) and it’s absolutely true. Hats off to the “relevant departments” in China for planting this subliminal message.

  • Koala

    Minor comment: at today’s exchange rate (1USD = 6.30CNY), CNY 100 is actually worth almost USD 16, not 12.

    • dragonwell

      Thanks for pointing this out, Koala! This is what happens when we try to do math after midnight.