We want money. That's what we want. And, it seems, we're not too far from the source. Just months after it was announced that Chengdu is home to the country's largest "money-laundering" operation, it's announced that the southwestern capital also houses one of the nation's three currency-printing presses. Well, it's fitting, since after all, one of Chengdu's many claims to fame is the invention of paper currency.
A recent QQ photo gallery exposed the money-printing process in Chengdu.
The paper-currency printing process can be divided into a few basic steps: Examining the paper, creating the printing plates, running the test print, running the actual print, print inspection, cutting, cut inspection, and bundling.
The paper used to print Renminbi notes is watermarked and used only for the application of printing Chinese yuan currency. Only three printers in the country—in Baoding, Hebei; Hunshan, Jiangsu; and in Chengdu—are able to manufacture this paper under the authority of the People's Bank of China.
The paper is manufactured to be durable as possible, resistant to tearing, dissolving, and the general wear imposed on paper money. The paper is created with multicolored, red, and blue fibers and embedded with a safety strip in order to make it difficult to copy.
Before the currency is printed, workers must inspect each sheet of paper carefully to ensure that the watermarks are correctly oriented and aligned. A machine will bore holes along the border to aid in this effort.
Once the bills are printed, each sheet will be inspected to ensure that the colors and alignment are accurate, and that no other printer errors occurred. After cutting, another inspection is carried out to ensure that numbers are correct, watermarks are properly oriented, and so forth.
Once this is completed, the bills are bundled and enter circulation via the bank.
And then spent.