The lowdown on the Chinese yuan renminbi
Economical Influences and the Yuan Renminbi
Knowing exactly what to call the Chinese currency can get a bit confusing. The renminbi is China’s official currency, but the yuan is its basic unit. It’s a bit like in the UK, where the currency is pounds sterling – we don’t say sterling on its own, we just talk about pounds.
In a country known as the People’s Republic, renminbi means the people’s currency – it was introduced when the Communist People’s Republic of China was formed in 1949. You can use yuan in mainland China, but not officially in Hong Kong or Macau – although they might be accepted in some places.
The yuan goes by different names in some parts of China – in Tibet it’s called a gor, and in Mongolia it’s sometimes known as a tugreg or yuani. But the most common name for yuan is kuai, which means piece, or kuai qian, which means pieces of money. In China, it’s just like saying buck in Australia or quid in the UK.
Chinese Yuan Renminbi Historical Market Exchange Rate
Throughout the past decade, the New Zealand dollar to Chinese yuan renminbi exchange rate has fluctuated between 1 NZD to 3.43740 CNY to 1 NZD to 5.66627 CNY. 1
Beginning 12th July 2014, the NZD was sitting at around 5.46 CNY. Improving significantly over the following months, by 2nd February 2015 the renminbi’s value skyrocketed against the New Zealand dollar to reach 4.53779 per 1 NZD.1
The yuan renminbi continued to perform well against the NZ dollar for the remainder of 2015; experiencing its strongest performance on 6th September when 1 NZD was converting to 3.99557 CNY.1
By mid-July 2016 the NZD was buying around 4.88 CNY, fluctuating further to approximately 5.05 CNY per NZD by the end of July 2017.1
In 2018 to date the New Zealand dollar to Chinese yuan renminbi exchange rate has fluctuated between 1 NZD to 4.37787 CNY and 1 NZD to 4.73400 CNY.1
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