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HSBC Lion: A Symbol of Hong Kong’s Financial Hub

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, commonly known by its acronym “HSBC,” derives its name from the initials of “The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation.”

HSBC, once the second-largest company in the UK, grew to become the largest corporation in the late 2010s, solidifying its position as a global financial powerhouse and the largest bank in Europe.

“Established in Post-Opium War Era”

Founded in the mid-19th century during the intensified British colonization of Hong Kong following the Opium Wars, HSBC was established to serve British merchants in the newly colonized British Hong Kong. Its significance expanded rapidly as it established a presence in Shanghai, a city with a British concession within the Republic of China.

“Banknotes Issued by HSBC, a Prominent Issuing Bank in Hong Kong”

Hong Kong has several issuing banks, with HSBC being one of the most prominent. The majority of high-value banknotes in circulation are issued by HSBC, making it a common choice for currency exchange.

“Architect Norman Foster’s Design of the HSBC Hong Kong Headquarters”

Located in the Central district, directly across from Statue Square, the HSBC headquarters building is renowned for its distinctive and impressive design, attributed to the acclaimed architect Norman Foster, a recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

“The HSBC Lion at the Building’s Entrance”

While exploring Statue Square, I came across the HSBC building and noticed the prominent lion statue at the entrance. This lion, also featured on Hong Kong dollar banknotes issued by HSBC, serves as a notable symbol.

“A Small Lion Statue to the North”

Proceeding north through the ground floor plaza, I discovered another, smaller lion statue. Unlike the frontal lion, this one exudes a more abstract and artistic interpretation.

“HSBC Central, Hong Kong”

  • Address: 1 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
  • Phone: +852 2233 3000
  • Website: https://www.hsbc.com.hk
  • Business Hours: (Mon-Thu) 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM / (Fri) 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM / (Sat) 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM / (Sun) Closed