Hong Kong Monetary Authority encourages the public to continue to support the use of good as new notes for lai-see as the Chinese New Year draws in. it is perfect to be used as lai-see, as Hong Kongs currency notes have high standards of cleanliness. The exchange of the new notes will start on January 23rd by the three-note issuing banks. Sufficient new and good as new notes in various denominations will be provided as in the previous years. After the issuance of the new HK$1000 notes in December, the new $500 will follow the circulation on 23rd January.