What was the Cha family involved in before it entered the property business?

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查氐家族在進軍房地產業務前是從事甚麼業務呢?

My father, Dr. Cha, was born into one of the oldest and most prominent families in Yuanhua Town, Haining, Zhejiang. After graduating from the then University of Zhejiang at the age of 17, he began his career at the Changzhou Dacheng Textile and Dyeing Company, and business boomed until the Sino-japanese war. Faced with constant air-raids, Father evacuated the plant and transported over 100 looms to Chongqing, in Sichuan, where production could continue.

After the war, he relocated his entire family to Hong Kong in 1947 and opened China Dyeing Works in Tsuen Wan in 1949. The business grew fast and he became a leading player in the textile industry, expanding globally to become a worldwide success. In fact, he operated the largest foreign-owned business in West Africa. While this textile empire was at its height, a new business opportunity came knocking— Discovery Bay. In 1977, the relatively modest development was mortgaged to the Moscow Narodny Bank and facing foreclosure. With Sino-soviet relations at rock bottom, the prospect of part of Hong Kong becoming Russian property stirred unease in Beijing. Father caught wind of this while travelling overseas and flew back immediately with a view to acquiring the resort.

It was a risky move for someone with no previous experience in real estate. However, with his characteristic passion and a unique vision, he set about transforming Discovery Bay into a multi-national residential and resort community. The results speak for themselves. 家父查濟民博士出生於浙江海寧市袁花鎮其中一個顯赫家族,17歲畢業於昔日的浙江大學,之後開始在常州大成紡織染公司工作,公司業務蒸蒸日上,直至中日戰爭爆發。紡織廠所在地屢受空襲,於是查博士想出辦法,把100台紡織機運到四川重慶,使紡織廠能繼續運作。

大戰過後,家父帶同全家人於1947年在香港定居,並於1949年在荃灣開設中國染廠,業務增長迅速,令他成為紡織界的龍頭,生意拓展至世界各地,享譽全球。事實上,他擁有西非最大的外資企業。

當我們的紡織王國達到高峰時,另一個全新的商機出現,那就是愉景灣。在1977年,這個規模不算大的發展項目已抵押給莫斯科納羅尼銀行,而且面對喪失贖回抵押品的權利。當時中蘇關係處於低潮,北京政府對有部份香港土地可能落入俄羅斯人手上感到不安,查博士在海外旅遊時收到這消息,於是兼程回港,立即著手收購這個渡假村。

這個項目對沒有地產經驗的人而言,風險甚大。不過,父親辦事一向充滿熱誠,眼光獨到,他立志要把愉景灣變成一個吸引不同國籍人士居住及渡假的社區,成績有目共睹。

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