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Chinese industrialist Li Jinyuan  brought 6,400 of his employees on holiday to France in May – a trip that cost more than €13million – where they formed a record-breaking ‘longest human phrase’, reading ‘Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Côte d’Azur’. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

It starts with a pennant flag held aloft by a scarily enthusiastic twenty-something tour guide, skilled in speaking high-tempo Mandarin without pau(...)

Bangkok: Some six million Chinese are expected to visit Thailand this year, compared with 4.6 million last year. Photograph: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Last week, Asia Briefing reported how the billionaire boss of Chinese conglomerate Tiens had brought 6,400 employees to the south of France on holiday(...)

Paris: Li Jinyuan, president of the Chinese Tiens conglomerate, brought 6,400 of his employees on holiday to France, staying in Paris and the Cote d’Azur. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

This is the kind of junket that must have Fáilte Ireland chomping at the bit. Earlier this month, Li Jinyuan, president of the Chinese Tiens conglomer(...)

Employees of Chinese Tiens company  arranging themselves on the Promenade des Anglais in the French southern resort town to spell out the phrase “Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Cote d’Azur”. Guinness World Records inspectors were on hand to watch the feat and duly declared that the visitors from China had created the longest human-made phrase visible from the sky.  Photograph: HO/AFP/Getty Images

The billionaire chief executive of the Chinese conglomerate Tiens has given 6,400 of his salespeople a holiday that started in Paris and ended with a(...)