Foreign Banks in Shanghai

Another email sent to me asked me about if there is any foreign bank in Shanghai. Well. There are. To be more exact, there are more than 100 foreign bank branches in Shanghai by the end of 2007, and there are about another 100 representative office in Shanghai.

Here is an incomplete list of the most popular foreign banks in Shanghai, with their location and phone number. Thanks for shme

to provide a great summary of the information.

The information below is given in the following format:

Name of the bank branch

Address

Postal Code

Telephone (area code is +86-21)

Fax

The Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation, Shanghai Branch

F/5, 185 Yuanminyuan Road Shanghai Center

200002 200040
63218383 63291775
63291659

Standard Chartered Bank, Shanghai Branch
F/7, 1376 Nanjin Road (W) Shanghai Center
200040
62798823
62798813

Overseas-Chinese Banking Co. Ltd., Shanghai Branch
120 Jiujiang Road
200002
63233888 63218888
63290388

The Bank of East Asia, Shanghai Branch
229 Sicuan Road
200002
63216863 63210434 63297338
63291813

The Sanwa Bank, Shanghai Branch
205 Maomin Road (S) Room 1501, Ruijin Building
200020
64728731 64728732
64726400

he Industrial Bank of Japan, Shanghai Branch
2200 Yanan (W) Room 1601, International Trade Center
200335
62751111 62751246
62751769

Citibank N.A., Shanghai Branch
F/5 100 Yanan Road (E), Union Mansion
200002
63289661 63201988
63731317

Bank of American Shanghai Branch
F/1 100 Yanan Road (E), Union Mansion
200002
63201491 63292828
63201297

Banque Indosuez, Shanghai Branch
F/5 100 Yanan Road (E), Union Mansion
200002
63292228 63293279
63219002 63292911

Credit lyonnais, Shanghai Branch
F/8 1376 Nanjin Road (W) Shanghai Center
200040
62798661
62798662

The Bank of Tokyo, Shanghai Branch
F/12 205 Maomin Road (S), Ruijin Building
200020
64723166 64723199
64727540

The Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Shanghai Branch
F/11 205 Maomin Road (S), Ruijin Building
200020
64723651 64623679
64727679

Sakura Bank, Shanghai Branch
F/5 205 Maomin Road (S), Ruijin Building
200020
64723656
64720867

The International Bank of Paris and Shanghai
93 Guangdong Road
200002
63217518
63216968

Royal Bank of Canada, Shanghai Branch
Room 403, 100 Yanan Road (E)
200002
63202823 63203623
63200417

The Mitsubishi Bank, Shanghai Branch
F/21 205 Maomin Road (S), Ruijin Building
200020
64726383 64720882
64723568

Abn, Amro Bank, Shanghai Branch
Room 1803, Union Maosion
200002
63112268
63112267

Dresdner Bank, Shanghai Branch
2099 Yanan Road (W)
200335
62755458 62191433
62755904

Po Sang Bank, Shanghai Branch
F/1, 260 Yanan Road (E)
200002
63212377
63215277

Bangkok Bank, Shanghai Branch
Room 5013–5015, Huating Seralton Hotel
200030

64396000–5013
64813817

Anz, Shanghai Branch
201/A West, Hotel Equatorial Shanghai
200040
62488877
62480080

The Daiwa Bank, Shanghai Branch
Room 1903, International Trade Center
200335
62755198
62755229

Chia Tai International Finance Co. Ltd.
F/26 2200 Yanan Road (W), International Trade Center
200335
62753448
62752299

Shanghai Associated Finance Co. Ltd.
F/7 65 Yanan Road (W), Hotel Equatorial Shanghai
200040
62489828 62488248
62483798

Shanghai International Finance Co. Ltd.
1376 Nanjin Road (W) Room 420, Shanghai Center
200040
62798281
62798225

American International Assurance company, Shanghai Branch
F/5 1376 Nanjin Rood (W), Shanghai Center
200040
62798568
62798569

Commerz, Shanghai Branch
F/7, Zhonghui Building, 16 Henan Road (S)
200002
63747680
63747681

More about Foreign Banks

Although most of the local banks also provide services to foreigners, and can provide most of the types of financial services, many foreigners still prefer to use the banks they trust or get used to. Among them, let me share my personal experience.

CITI Bank

I am a customer of CITI Bank. They are pretty good with more branches than any other banks (at least by what I know). I use their Xujiahui branch, and the Lujiazui branch often. Their service is pretty good, so far.

Bank of America

I am a customer of Bank of America in the States. When I went to their branch is in Shanghai, they said the account in the States and in China are separate, and the only way I can access my US account is to go to the States. What a surprise to me, but it is understandable. Do pay attention to the same kind of problems if you want to do the same.

10 thoughts on “Foreign Banks in Shanghai

  1. DB

    Re: BoA

    Actually this is quite weak, if not even outrageous! It’s pretty much the opposite of what I consider great service.

    18 months ago, I was looking for a way to withdraw RMB in China from my German EUR account for as little fees as possible. Among various tricky options, one would have been to open a Citibank account in Germany, from which I would have been able to withdraw RMB in China for free! Considering that both are large banks from the US, I would say: Clear victory for Citi!

  2. bryan

    Both Citi and Boa have the same policy with respect to US and China accounts, which is limited by both Chinese and US banking law. A foreign account-holder can use his or her ATM card to withdraw money without an ATM fee, but cannot otherwise access the accounts–no deposits. I believe the blog recently discussed the restrictions on currency exchange from a China perspective. Generally, there are no US restrictions, only reporting requirements for movements of large currency amounts.

  3. DB

    Well, cash withdrawal is arguably one way of “accessing” an account. I am unsure what JS meant when he wrote, the only way he could access his US account was to go to the States. I was just surprised and wanted to point out that not being able to offer cross-border withdrawal free of charge is not accessible nowadays. If BoA at least offers this single option of access, they are on par with the rest; otherwise they would be sub-standard.

  4. ddjiii

    Well, I am pretty sure JS meant some kind of more significant “access” than just withdrawing money using an ATM card. It’s not BOA’s fault, the yuan is not freely convertible and there are a lot of restrictions on moving funds into and out of China. It is a big pain for those of us who are foreign nationals living here. On the other hand, China has been largely insulated from the big financial crises of the last few decades (including the current one, so far) so there is a reason for it.

  5. Ling

    Jianshuo,

    You can check your BOA balance in RMB and withdraw RMB cash free of charge in ATMs at the China Construction Bank, of which BOA has 10% share. I have tried it and worked well.

  6. James

    I plan to move to China in Feb. I can work from anywhere as long as I have my laptop. I will still be employed from the same company and can still work from China. I don’t want checks mailed to me. Could I open an account in china at citi or boa and still have direct deposit into those accounts. Does anyone know if this is possible?

  7. Jian Shuo Wang

    @James, as far as I know, the bank account you create in CitiBank or Bank of America are seperate from your accounts in US. Your accounts here are subject to all the limitions in China. For example, I was not able to check balance of my Bank of America bank card in US in Shanghai. I hope this has been changed. Better to check with your bank first.

  8. mehdi

    hi guys,

    does anyone here have an idea whether is possible to have a internship in thsi foreign banks in shanghai. am currently in shanghai and am magering in economics and politics. therefore, please do responde to my demand . thanks.

  9. MARINOS

    I AM AN ESTATE AGENT IN EUROPE AND FROM TIME TO TIME I SEE CLIENTS FROM CHINA. THEIR ONLY CONCERN IS HOW THEY CAN TRANSFER THEIR MONEY FROM CHINA TO EUROPE AND ACQUIRE A PROPERTY. IS THIS POSSIBLE AND WHICH ARE THE PROCEDURES?

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