As the Chinese New Year draws near, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority encourages the public to continue supporting the use of good-as-new notes for lai-see. Good-as-new notes are perfectly suitable for use as lai-see, given that Hong Kong's currency notes are maintained at a high standard of cleanliness. The three note-issuing banks will start exchanging new notes on 23 January. As in previous years, they will provide sufficient new and good-as-new notes in various denominations to meet demand for notes.
The note-issuing banks will supply the 2018 New Series HK$500 notes from the same day onwards. Following the issuance of the new HK$1000 notes in last December, the new $500 notes will enter circulation on 23 January.
Hong Kong Monetary Authority
8 January 2019