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HSBC's 150th Anniversary in Hong Kong

HSBC was founded in Hong Kong on 3 March 1865. Established to finance trade between Europe and Asia, HSBC has grown to become one of the world's largest banking and financial services organisations.

A number of commemorative events will take place in Hong Kong in 2015.

To learn more about HSBC's history, visit our global corporate website. Please note this website is English language only.

A Grain of Rice

HSBC commissioned a pair of sculptures to mark its anniversary. The bronze sculptures, each representing a single grain of rice, stand at the head offices of the bank in the home markets of Hong Kong and the UK.

A grain of rice is an example of an internationally traded commodity, reflecting HSBC's origins as a bank supporting international trade. At the same time, a single grain of rice is too small to be traded - it takes many of them together to make something valuable. The sculpture can be seen to represent each individual employee, shareholder and customer whose collective efforts and support have helped make HSBC what it is today.

A pattern made up of 150 images illustrating moments, people and objects from HSBC's history is engraved on the outside of each sculpture. It includes excerpts from historic account books and ledgers, details from old banknotes, pictures of office buildings and portraits of former colleagues.

The statues are hollow, and big enough for a person to step inside. The bronze lining on the inside is polished so that it shines, catching the light.

Come and see the sculpture at HSBC's main building, 1 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong.