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China Bumps Mao From 10 Yuan Note


China's Central Bank is issuing a special 10 yuan note to commemorate the Beijing Olympics, swapping the image of communist leader Mao Zedong for a picture of the city's iconic national stadium.

The People's Bank of China says it plans to issue six million of the notes, worth about $1.45 each, during the games.

Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium is an interlocking mesh of steel that looks much like a roost for birds. A picture of the stadium will be on one side of the note, along with the dancing man emblem of the 2008 Olympic Games.

On the other side will be an image of an ancient Greek statue of a discus thrower.

Both sides of the bill will also feature the Temple of Heaven as a backdrop, one of China's best known landmarks.

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