Chinese New Year Celebration at Charles De Gaulle Airport, France

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers [Time]    2014-02-24 09:58:29 

From Jan. 30th to Feb. 6th 2014, Air France and the Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers collaboratively held a series of Chinese New Year events at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport to celebrate the coming New Year of the Horse.

Charles De Gaulle Airport is the biggest airport in Europe, with a total volume of approximately 100,000 passengers arriving and departing every day. During the Spring Festival, the Airport was decorated with traditional Chinese lanterns and coloured hangings. Posters of “Air France and the Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers Wish You a Happy New Year” were put on the walls of the terminal passages. All the decorations were in China red, showcasing the joyful and prosperous air of new-year celebrations. Before boarding, the passengers would receive a greeting card specially designed for the Chinese Year of the Horse. In addition, there were two Chinese lion dance shows performing in the passenger lounges and near the duty-free shops. The delightful festive air motivated all the passengers, some stopping to watch and some even requesting to take photos with the adorable dancing lions.

Every day, Air France runs many shuttle flights between Paris and Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Wuhan. This Chinese New Year celebration was another round of “Chinese Craze” after the event at this Airport during the Chinese Moon Festival in September 2013 held by the Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers in partnership with Air France. In addition to the lively and cheerful events, the Chinese-French bilingual magazine, Confucius Institute, attracted many passengers. They were all very interested in reading it while waiting for their flights, hoping to know more about Chinese culture, local customs, as well as the development of Confucius Institutes.

Reported by Guo Yugang/Photographed by Luo Hao