Tuesday 27 September 2016

Boss spends €20m taking 6,400 workers on holiday

John Lichfield

Published 11/05/2015 | 02:30

Employees of Chinese company
Employees of Chinese company "Tiens", all wearing sky-blue baseball caps, have broken a world record by forming themselves into an English sentence on the Nice seafront

More than 6,000 employees of a single Chinese company, all wearing sky-blue baseball caps, have smashed a world record by forming themselves into an English sentence on the Nice seafront.

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The employees of the Tiens biotechnology and finance conglomerate were on a four-day, €20m mass jaunt to France paid for by their boss.

For a few minutes, the Promenade des Anglais, the elegant seafront of the French Mediterranean resort, became the "Promenade des Chinois". An estimated 6,400 people formed the letters "Tiens' dream is Nice in the Côte d'Azur" - breaking the record for the longest sentence visible from the sky formed by human bodies.

The jaunt also broke two other records: for the biggest international work outing and the biggest tourist trip to Europe. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Tiens company, its billionaire founder, Li Jinyuan, flew more than half of his employees to France.

He booked 140 hotels in Paris for two nights and 79 four- and five-star hotels in Cannes and Monaco.

Mr Li, who has been accused of creating a cult of personality, reviewed his employees on the Nice seafront from the back of a jeep.

(© Independent News Service)

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