“Happy Chinese New Year with Free Bitcoins and Zero Trading Fees!
To celebrate the year of the horse‚ pick up your free Bitcoins throughout Hong Kong and also benefit from zero trading fees!” — anxbtc
Hong Kongers snapped up HK$500,000 ($65,000) in Bitcoin vouchers on Thursday to mark the Lunar New Year in what organisers said was the biggest ever giveaway of the currency — though some were confused about how to use it.
Young women in short skirts handed out 50‚000 coupons worth HK$10 around the city all day and into the evening. Vouchers were tucked into the red envelopes ubiquitous during the new year festival‚ embossed with the Chinese word for “luck” in gold.
The envelopes — known as “lai see” or “red pocket” — usually hold cash and are given to family, colleagues and anyone else who deserves a thank you.
Hong Kong Bitcoin exchange ANXBTC said the giveaway was the biggest ever and hoped the “digital lai see” would be a simple way to introduce Hong Kongers to the currency.
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