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HongKong ATM - small denominations

Sometime ago I have read over here on how to go about getting smaller denominations at ATM machines versus say 100 bills. I can't find it anywhere.

Do I get say HKD 390 instead of HKD 400 so the machine spits out 10, 20, 50 bills?

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1. Re: HongKong ATM - small denominations

I'm pretty sure that Hong Kong ATM's only give 500 and 100 bills. HK$100 is the smallest bill I have ever been given by an ATM - that's only around US$13, so a HK$100 bill isn't huge! It's very easy to split bills by buying a drink in 7-11 or getting change at an MTR station.

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In Hong Kong, the ATM machines gives out mainly HK$100, HK$500 notes and only selective ones HK$1,000 notes.

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The smallest paper money is $20. $10 is a coin. Why do you need small denominations? Just buy something from 7/11.

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4. Re: HongKong ATM - small denominations

If you don't want to be landed with all $500 notes, drop $100 so you at least get 4 x $100s e.g., you want $3000 - ask for $2900!

As soon as I arrive in HK I put $100 on my Octopus card & use that to buy small items like water & the SCMP.

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5. Re: HongKong ATM - small denominations

Yeah. ATM - smallest is HKD $100 bill. With the Octopus card, many of the need for small change, small bills are kind of eliminated for the use in transportation - bus/metro/tram/ferry. You can break your bills whenever you buy small items from convenient stores (7-11, Circle K) or fast food outfits or shops (cake shop for a small cake/pastry, coffee, ice cream, etc)...

Higher transaction amounts - dinner, admission, diamonds (LOL)... you can use credit card if you don't mind the foreign transaction fees... break the $500 into smaller chunks.

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6. Re: HongKong ATM - small denominations

The smallest note is HKD 10 - NOT 20 as noted above. There are also HKD 10 coins.

But you don't need small money in HK because pretty much everything you might use small money for can be purchased on Octopus - use in 7-11; for buses/MTR etc etc. So just get an Octopus.

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Indeed HKD $10 is in both bills and coins. Coins are more common in transactions. Inflation, man!!! ;)

These paper bills were much bigger in the old days. In Hong Kong Cantonese, we called the $500 "Dai Ngau" (the Big Cow)... because it used to be a huge paper note, the biggest. Not any more...

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Yep, can't forget our HK$10 note, which has always looked more monopoly play money instead of real currency. ;-)

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The HKD $20 bill feels so plastic-ky. Does not feel like paper money. Almost like toy money than real money.

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10. Re: HongKong ATM - small denominations

Did you mean the $10 bill? That is the plastic money (similar to Australia maybe). $20 still feels like paper money.

>>>The HKD $20 bill feels so plastic-ky. Does not feel like paper money. Almost like toy money than real money.

You will need cash to get around (such as riding taxis) so it's not possible to rely on Octopus only.

>>>But you don't need small money in HK because pretty much everything you might use small money for can be purchased on Octopus - use in 7-11; for buses/MTR etc etc. So just get an Octopus.