Li Jinyuan

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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(...)

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(...)

France, which is struggling to revive its economy, is the most visited country in the world, according to the latest UN figures, and is seeing an increasing number of tourists from China

China’s Tiens Group has treated more than half of its 12,000 employees to a four-day holiday in Francem booking up 140 hotels in the capital Paris as (...)