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Long lines for new banknotes

Annual demand for crisp hongbao bills sees some queueing before banks open

Published on Jan 19, 2014 6:36 AM

The annual rush to the banks for crisp notes to fill Chinese New Year red packets is in full swing.

Some customers have stood in line for an hour or more to get their hongbao bills since banks started handing out new and "good as new" notes last Monday.

Checks by The Sunday Times yesterday found customers queueing up at Bedok North and Jurong Point even before their bank branches opened.

With fewer than 10 working days left to Chinese New Year on Jan 31, banks are advising customers to go this week and avoid the usual frantic last-minute crush just before the festival.

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