Banking on Winter Games to remember with rustle of notes

Top News | Sophie Hui 25 Nov 2021

People can subscribe for commemorative banknotes for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics being issued by the Bank of China (Hong Kong) from Wednesday.

There will be two million HK$20 banknotes available in three sets: 1.57 million single notes at HK$138 each, 20,000 sets of four-in-one uncut notes for HK$338, and 10,000 sets of 35-in-one uncut notes at HK$1,388 each.

The bank will also issue 200 special charity sets of notes for public bidding.

Profits gained from the sales will be donated to support local charities.

The banknote's design was inspired by the classic moon-themed Chinese poem From Far Away You Share This Moment With Me. The bank said that reflects Hongkongers fondness for next year's Winter Games and the motherland.

Its color and measurement are the same as the HK$20 banknote in the 2018 series of Hong Kong notes.

The note's front side features the emblem of the Winter Games and the Bank of China Tower adorned by snowflakes.

The reverse side is vertically orientated, depicting the Great Wall of China set against a silhouette of Victoria Harbour under shimmering moonlight.

Winter athletes taking boldly to the tracks and ski runs bind the landmarks.

The bank said the design also brings to life the poetry line "as the bright moon shines over the sea, from far away you share this moment with me," while the illustrations signify the best wishes and support of Hong Kong people for the Games.

People seeking notes, who must be Hong Kong ID card holders aged 18 or above, can drop subscription forms into designated collection boxes at bank branches or apply online via the official website:

The subscription period ends on December 10.

Each applicant can subscribe up to five sets of single notes, one set of four-in-one notes and one set of 35-in-one notes.

The bank will allot the banknotes by computer balloting if there are more applicants than there are notes.

Application results will be announced on December 21 on the official website. Applicants can also check the results via online chat at mobile banking or internet banking or call 3988-1818.

Successful applicants must pay in full by 5pm on January 3, and they can collect the banknotes from January 22.

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