Curtain parts for Cantonese opera HK$100 banknotesLocal | 2 Sep 2019 5:43 pm
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation announced today that the new HK$100 banknotes will be available for exchange at all of HSBC’s Hong Kong branches from tomorrow.
The theme for the HK$100 note is Cantonese Opera, illustrated with a couple meeting in a Chinese garden.
Peter Wong, the deputy chairman and chief executive, said, the note will help preserve and promote Cantonese opera.
The HK$100 was one of the original denominations issued by HSBC in 1865, the bank’s first year of operations. It was issued alongside the HK$5, HK$10, HK$25, HK$50 and HK$500, and has never been out of circulation.
Diana Cesar, chief executive, Hong Kong, said Cantonese opera continues to thrive in Hong Kong, attracting young people to learn and appreciate the art.
To celebrate the new HK$100 note, HSBC is launching an augmented reality filter in which the user’s “selfie” photo taken on a smartphone is turned into a Cantonese opera character.
To access the filter and news about further promotional activities, later this week at www.facebook.com/HSBCHK/