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The Country That Put an Airport on Its Currency

Where: Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong
April 27, 2012 at 1:11 PM | by | ()

Countries love to put dead people and big monuments on their currency; it's just a thing, Costa Rica's badass shark bills being an excellent exception. That said, we fully admit to flipping over bills in the hopes that something fresher, newer will be featured. Hong Kong (a "Special Administrative Region," not really a country) currently takes that prize, as we just today noticed that the rear of some of the 500 HKD bills ($64.45 USD) feature Chek Lap Kok/Hong Kong International Airport.


It only makes sense for Hong Kong to place HKIA so prominently; they built a whole island to house the freaking thing and the documentary on it—"Extreme Engineering: Building Hong Kong's Airport"—is a must-Netflix show. And don't get us started on the infamous aviation heritage of HK. Two words: Kai Tak.

Sadly the 500 HKD bill is worth too much to keep as a bookmark.

Taking a closer peek...look at the teeny airplanes! The terminal! If you've got a 500 HKD bill handy, take it out, check to make sure it's this edition, and notice that even the operational buildings to the right of the airport are represented. Those would be the headquarters of Dragonair and Cathay Pacific. #themoreyouknow

[Photos: Jaunted]

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Malaysia's Money

Malaysia's currency also has planes, etc.