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Citibank kicks off '13 Taipei Christmas City celebrations

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Citibank Taiwan and the Taipei City Government yesterday kicked off the fourth edition of the Taipei Christmas City celebrations in Xinyi District.

The event is scheduled to last 13 days, transforming the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Chante Square into a “3D Christmas card.”

Various activities, including jazz-themed and can-can dance performances as well as Russian acrobatics, will be staged on the following weekends and Christmas Eve against a backdrop of decorations depicting global landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, and St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow.

Visitors will also be given a chance to go on a treasure hunt to win free cups of coffee, while the organizers have also arranged to have Santa Clauses deliver Christmas gifts free of charge.

The 2013 Taipei Christmas City opening ceremony was attended by Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), Citibank Taiwan Chairman Victor Kuan (管國霖) and Department of Information and Tourism Commissioner Sun Tien-long (孫廷龍), as well as other distinguished guests.

The mayor thanked Citibank Taiwan for its support over the past several years and urged the public to take part in the Taipei Christmas City celebrations as well as the upcoming New Year's Eve countdown near Taipei City Hall.

The mayor pointed out that the Taipei Christmas City celebrations will last roughly two weeks with events being staged on Saturdays and Sundays, offering visitors to chance to see world-class performances and take part in various activities.

“Taipei is undoubtedly an international city,” said Kuan, congratulating Taipei for being designated as the 2016 World Design Capital.

The chairman said that as a resident of Taipei, he felt very proud when he learned of the news.

“(As) an international bank, we hope to (incorporate) an international perspective with local resources to create a unique Christmas atmosphere,” Kuan said, explaining the concept behind this year's Taipei Christmas City celebrations.

The chairman added, “On the premise of 'Citi for Cities,' Citibank has long applied its full capabilities and global expertise to urban challenges in more than 700 cities across the global, every day. This year, Citibank has further extended its global financial advantages to customers' daily lives by rolling out worldwide Global Client Banking services, which thoroughly demonstrates the (concept) that 'a Citi client anywhere is a Citi client everywhere.' Citibank customers are entitled to real-time financial services and privileges wherever they are.”

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Citibank Taiwan Chairman Victor Kuan (管國霖), second left, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), third left, Department of Information and Tourism Commissioner Sun Tien-long (孫廷龍), fifth left, and distinguished guests pose for a photograph at the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Chante Square to mark the launching ceremony of the 2013 Taipei Christmas City, yesterday.

(Veronika Tomanova, The China Post)

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