The Chinese economic club of Lyon UPCL and Lyon Culture Land organized a business meeting between the Chinese and the Lyon communities on 26 January at the Management school ECEMA.
The Chinese employees, the students of the school and the companies working in partnership with ECEMA celebrated the Chinese New Year and had the opportunity to network with the participants.
Then, UPCL and Lyon Culture Land presented the festive and business opportunities between Beijing and Lyon.
Beijing and Lyon have many festive events in common
1. New Year Eve in Beijing and Lyon
Christmas and New Year’s Eve are always celebrated in France and in Lyon (475, 000 inhabitants)
• especially in the Fourvière basilica and Saint-Jean cathedral where the local people can attend the mass
• Christmas markets in Place Carnot, in and outside Lyon: many wooden chalets selling arts and crafts from the Rhône-Alps region and local cuisine. The visitors can also buy the traditional handmade santons (Nativity figurines).
• many traditional and gastronomic restaurants offer a gourmet cuisine : for example foie gras, Christmas Turkey, smoked salmon, oysters and the traditional log cake
• but also some exceptional menus by international chef Paul Bocuse for example
1. Ris de veau aux écrevisses: sweetbreads with crayfish
2. Coquilles Saint-Jacques poêlées au beurre blanc : pan-sautéed scallops in white butter sauce
2. Beijing’s Fête de l’antenne and Lyon’s Festival of Lights
Lyon’s festival of lights (8-11 December)
• It is first a religious event, part of Lyon’s religious history
• About 4 million visitors can admire the modern as well as the traditional lights shows to inaugurate the Immaculate Conception every 8th December.
• Lyon has become the City of Lights.
• Lyon’s light planning and Urban lighting play a key role in the international development of Lyon.
• 70 light shows in the city
• Over 15, 000 people attended the opening show of Lyon’s Festival of lights in the square Bellecour in 2010
• Millions of people attended the 4-day event
• 37% of foreign visitors
• Most of the artists and students are talented and very popular designers, architects, video makers, enlighteners and multimedia artists.
• International artist Marie-Jeanne Gauthé is in charge of showing original photos on the square des Terreaux. She created the video shows for the opening of the Chinese year in France.
• The city of Lyon created LUCI (Lighting Urban Community International), a network of over 60 cities world-wide that are convinced that lighting plays an essential role in urban, economic and social development.
Light more, consume less is the new motto of Lyon city: the Festival of Lights consumes only 0.1% of the city’s annual lighting energy.
• The use of public transport like buses or the high-speed train from Saint-Exupéry airport with 8 million passengers in 2010.
3. The Chinese lovers celebrate their love on 7 July whereas the Saint Valentine is celebrated on 14 February in France
Lyon has always been a romantic city where you can spend the weekend in a little Italy in the Renaissance part of Vieux Lyon and in other original and very romantic places such as the Cour des Loges, a luxury hotel in a Renaissance building in Vieux-Lyon.
Lyon by night is great to visit as your lover takes you to the Tetedoie’s restaurant where you can look Lyon through the large windows with a panoramic view of the city lights…
Chocolate maker Bernachon or Guillaume Daix’s bio chocolate house in Lyon offer delicious Saint Valentine’s chocolates and you may die for a palet d’or and be tempted by their lovely pastries.
What is more, you can find a perfume, some silk scarves or leather accessories, jewelry… in some luxury shops in Edouard Herriot street or the Part-Dieu shopping center.
4. France’s Fête nationale on 14th July and China’s Fête national on 1 October
On 14 July France celebrates the French revolution with firework displays from the most popular places of Lyon : Croix-Rousse, Lyon presqu’île, Vieux Lyon, Fourvière. The local people and the tourists like attending the event, another way to see Lyon by night in a festive and friendly atmosphere.
Lyon is also very popular for its wines and its medieval history.
• the Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine, immature wine produced in the Beaujolais region in the north of Lyon. People taste Beaujolais Nouveau in the caves of the winegrowers while enjoying the traditional menus of the region in the villages or in the “bouchons” Lyonnais.
Beaujolais Nouveau is usually served with a platter of pork sausages and meat , hot sausage with lentils, rooster in red wine sauce, goat’s cheeses, pears in spiced red wine…
Many painters and art designers from Lyon painted frescoes about Beaujolais Nouveau in Lyon as it is really part of the local culture in Lyon.
All the events and festivals attract more and more foreign tourists as well as business people
In 2010, 22 % of the tourists were foreigners
Lyon’s biggest cultural events are Nuits de Fourviere and Nuits sonores (music festivals), the Film Festival Lumière (International cinema festival), the Biennale de la dance (dance festival)
Lyon has really become a lively international city that offers:
• international events
• French gastronomy and French wines
• A network of public transport: 2 main railways stations – the Lyon Perrache and the Lyon Part-Dieu. Its open transit system includes buses, trams and also trains. The city’s bus network comprises of trolleybuses too. It also offers a bicycle service to small streets and alleyways that’s inexpensive.
• Modern hospitals, universities and prestigious schools
• Very good living conditions usually less expensive than in Paris: accommodation, doctors, offices, green parks…, a cultural life with over 5.6 million visitors in 2010 (museums, cinema and music festivals…)