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Belgian Bank
華比銀行
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Nathan Road
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華比銀行大廈 Belgian Bank Building 721 to 725 Nathan Road

華比銀行大廈 Belgian Bank Building 721 to 725 Nathan Road
Another "pilgrimage" of sort for me.

Belgian Bank has a complex history. It can trace its history to the 1902 creation of Banque Sino-Belge in Shanghai, which was part of Société Générale de Belgique. In 1913, a number of Société Générale de Belgique's foreign operations were incorporated into Banque Sino-Belge, which at the same time changed name to Banque Belge pour l'Etranger.

The Belgian bank's long French name obviously didn't work well in Hong Kong, and the bank adopted the trading name Belgian Bank.

Parent company Société Générale de Belgique meanwhile changed name to Société Générale de Banque. In 1988, Société Générale de Banque was taken over by Compagnie Financière de Suez, the company that once operated the Suez Canal. In 1998, Suez sold the historic Belgian bank to Fortis S.A.

Belgian Bank Hong Kong then became known as Fortis Bank Asia Hong Kong. In 2004, Fortis decided to withdraw from the Hong Kong personal banking market, and sold Belgian Bank to China's ICBC.

There used to be a Belgian Bank branch here, following the sale to ICBC, the branch became an ICBC branch, which you can see in the photo actually.

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