Chinese billionaire gives France vacation to 6,400 workers

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Employees of the TIENS Group, a Chinese company, attend a parade organized by CEO Li Jinyuan as part of a four-day celebration weekend for the 20th anniversary of his company, on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice, southeastern France, Friday, May 8, 2015. Li Jinyuan is sending off half his team about 6,400 employees on a two-day trip to Paris and two-day trip in Nice, France. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Chinese CEO of "Tiens" company Li Jinyuan poses with staff members, during a parade on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southeastern France, Friday, May 8, 2015. As part of a four-day celebration to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his company. Li Jinyuan sent half his team, over 6, 000 employees on a two-day trip to Paris and two-day trip to Nice, France. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Employees of Chinese company 'Tiens' attend a parade on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southeastern France, Friday, May 8, 2015, organized by 'Tiens' CEO Li Jinyuan, as part of a four-day celebration to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his company. Li Jinyuan sent over half his team, over 6,000 employees on a two-day trip to Paris and two-day trip to Nice, France. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Employees of Chinese company 'Tiens' attend a parade on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southeastern France, Friday, May 8, 2015, organized by 'Tiens' CEO Li Jinyuan, as part of a four-day celebration to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his company. Li Jinyuan sent half his team on a two-day trip to Paris and two-day trip to Nice, France. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Chinese CEO of "Tiens" company Li Jinyuan poses during a parade on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southeastern France, as part of the four-days celebration weekend for the 20th anniversary of his company, Friday, May 8, 2015. Li Jinyuan is sending off half his team about 6,400 employees on a two-day trip to Paris and two-day trip in Nice, France. Tiens Group opened its doors in 1995, eventually growing into a massive international outfit that spans e-commerce, hotel and tourism and biotech industries. Li Jinyuan, was listed on the 2011 Forbes billionaires list.(AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Employees of the TIENS Group, a Chinese company, attend a parade organized by CEO Li Jinyuan as part of a four-day celebration weekend for the 20th anniversary of his company, on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice, southeastern France, Friday, May 8, 2015. Li Jinyuan is sending off half his team about 6,400 employees on a two-day trip to Paris and two-day trip in Nice, France. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Employees of the TIENS Group, a Chinese company, attend a parade organized by CEO Li Jinyuan as part of a four-day celebration weekend for the 20th anniversary of his company, on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice, southeastern France, Friday, May 8, 2015. Li Jinyuan is sending off half his team about 6,400 employees on a two-day trip to Paris and two-day trip in Nice, France. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Employees of Chinese company 'Tiens' attend a parade on May 8, 2015 in Nice organized by 'Tiens' CEO Li Jinyuan as part of the two-days celebration weekend for the 20th anniversary of his company in which he invited 6,400 of his employees. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Employees of Chinese company 'Tiens' attend a parade on May 8, 2015 in Nice organized by 'Tiens' CEO Li Jinyuan as part of the two-days celebration weekend for the 20th anniversary of his company in which he invited 6,400 of his employees. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
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NICE, France (AP) - The billionaire chief executive of the Chinese conglomerate Tiens has given 6,400 of his best salespeople a vacation that started in Paris and ended with a parade on France's Cote d'Azur.

CEO Li Jinyuan said he was celebrating the company's 20th anniversary by rewarding his staff and aimed for the world record in spelling out a phrase in human bodies.

As their vacation wound down, the employees on Friday massed on the coastal promenade in Nice and, dressed in identical sky blue hats and T-shirts, spelled out the words "Tiens' dream is Nice in the Cote d'Azur."

Jinyuan was greeted by France's foreign affairs minister, Laurent Fabius, mid-week in Paris.

French media estimated the trip's cost at 13-20 million euros ($14.5-$22.3 million).

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