Celebrating BEA’s 1OOth Anniversary in Style with 4,000 Guests at a Gala Reception

The Bank of East Asia’s 100th Anniversary marks a century of achievement and success in the local community. To commemorate this important milestone, a cocktail reception was held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 2nd January, 2019.

The reception was officiated by the Guest of Honour, The Hon. Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Vice Chairmen of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, The Hon. Tung Chee-hwa and The Hon. Leung Chun-ying. The evening was also attended by Dr. Wang Zhimin, Minister of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong SAR; Commissioner Xie Feng, Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The People’s Republic of China in the Hong Kong SAR; and key officials of the Hong Kong SAR Government including The Hon. Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, Chief Secretary, The Government of the Hong Kong SAR, The Hon. Paul Chan Mo-po, Financial Secretary, The Government of the Hong Kong SAR, and Ms. Qiu Hong, Deputy Minister of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong SAR.

Dr. David Li, Chairman & Chief Executive of BEA, together with Deputy Chairmen Professor Arthur Li and Dr. Allan Wong and the Directors, attended the event and greeted many of the Bank’s guests. An exhibition of items from the Bank’s archives were on display, and guests were also treated to the premiere of BEA’s new TV commercial.

Featuring existing staff members in half of the roles, the commercial showcases the Bank’s history and achievements, and pays homage to the generations of employees who contributed to BEA’s success.




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Cocktail Entrance Group Photo
Bea Cocktail 100th Anniversary Exhibition
Bea Cocktail Dr Li Carrie Lam
Bea Cocktail Dr Li Carrie Lam At Exhibition
Uniform Area
Milestone Wall
Bea Cocktail Dr Li Speech
Close Up For Toasting
Bea Cocktail Violinists Performance
Bea Cocktail Performance


Group photo of the Officiating Guests with BEA’s Directors

A 100th Anniversary exhibition was created at the cocktail reception for guests to learn more about the Bank’s storied past. Many of the items were on public display for the first time.

Dr. David K.P. Li (first from the left) and Mrs. Carrie Lam (second from the left) view historical items on display at the exhibition.

Dr. David K.P. Li (second from the left, first row) and Mrs. Carrie Lam (first from the left, first row) view historical items on display at the exhibition.

BEA Stock Certificate - In the early 1920s, shares of BEA began to be traded on Hong Kong's local stock exchanges, which helped cement the Bank's status as a leading local business in Hong Kong.

Over the years, BEA has provided its frontline staff with stylish uniforms made from high quality fabrics to ensure comfort and ease of movement.

BEA’s major milestones of the past century

The much-loved God of Longevity is the main design feature of the Bank's laisee packets for the Lunar New Year, accompanying the god are bats representing good fortune and a deer representing prosperity, much to delight of its customers and others who appreciate timeless, traditional Chinese elements.

In his speech, Dr. David Li stated that BEA’s business has spread around the world, with a presence in Southeast Asia, the UK, and the US, connecting Hong Kong with the world.

Let's drink to celebrate BEA 100th Anniversary! Cheers!

The violinists’ spirited performance added excitement to the festive occasion.

The elegance and energy of the performers took guests’ breaths away.

Overview of Events

Launch of BEA’s 100th Anniversary History Book

A book chronicling our Bank’s rich history and remarkable achievements was written by renowned historian Dr. Elizabeth Sinn (Ph. D., BBS) to commemorate this special milestone.

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Storytelling Competition Prize Ceremony

BEA Storytelling Competition Prize Presentation Ceremony

29th June, 2019
The BEA Parent-Child Reading Programme will organise a Storytelling Competition and present awards to the winners at a ceremony on 29th June, 2019. Organised by The Bank of East Asia Charitable Foundation and the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui’s Religious Education Resource Centre for the sixth consecutive year, the Programme aims to foster a love of reading among children and strengthen parent-child bonds.

Storytelling Competition Prize Ceremony

BEA 100 FinTech Challenge

8th - 9th June, 2019
BEA is organising the BEA 100 FinTech Challenge with the theme of “intelligent banking” to inspire innovation in the banking industry and discover talented FinTech newcomers. This event will enable participants to create real solutions using emerging technologies. Interested full-time undergraduate or postgraduate students in Hong Kong universities can take part in this challenge.

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BEA Hosts Cocktail Reception in the United Kingdom

4th April, 2019
BEA hosted a cocktail reception at its London Branch to mark the Bank’s centenary and celebrate the occasion with the BEA’s business partners, customers, and friends in the United Kingdom (“UK”). Officiated by Alderman Peter Estlin, the Lord Mayor of the City of London and Mr. Liu Xiaoming, China’s Ambassador to the UK, the cocktail reception was attended by over 150 guests.

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BEA Hosts Cocktail Reception in Singapore

27th March, 2019
BEA hosted a cocktail reception in Singapore at Fullerton Bay Hotel to celebrate its centenary. Officiated by the Guest-of-Honour, Mr. Heng Swee Keat, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Singapore (currently Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance), the cocktail reception was also attended by Mr. Hong Xiaoyong, China’s Ambassador to Singapore as well as over 430 guests.

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BEA Charity Golf Day 2019

The Community Chest BEA Charity Golf Day 2019

15th March, 2019
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BEA Charity Golf Day 2019
Economic Outlook 2019

Economic and Market Outlook Seminar 2019

14th January, 2019
The annual Economic and Market Outlook seminar will bring together a panel of distinguished speakers from the worlds of business, property, and academia to help our customers better understand investment strategies and the wider economic landscape.


The Shanghai and Hong Kong Museum of Banking History

23rd November, 2018
Established to promote greater awareness of the development of the banking industry in Shanghai and Hong Kong, the Museum presents the history of these two financial centres in five stages, from the mid-nineteenth century to now.


A Rare Glimpse of History at BEA’s 100th Anniversary Exhibition

24th October - 1st November, 2018
The Bank of East Asia’s 100th Anniversary Exhibition introduced the Bank’s rich history to the public through rare historical artifacts and interactive touches.

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Hong Kong Cyclothon 2018 – BEA Centenary University Trophy

14th October, 2018
BEA is a key sponsor of The Hong Kong Cyclothon, one of the largest cycling events in the city. This year’s event featured a new 30km Ride – BEA Centenary University Trophy to promote cycling among university students. The event attracted around 200 students from 9 universities in Hong Kong, who pushed themselves to the limit cycling through some of the city’s most iconic scenery. To access the website, you will be redirected to third party websites which do not belong to BEA.

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