SH/BJ: Pictures from our Christmas Parties

What a weekend! Christmas time is closing in, which means that it was time for our annual Christmas celebrations both in Shanghai and in Beijing. The celebration started in Shanghai on Friday with a traditional Christmas cocktail with 110 guests and a candlelit Lucia procession with Svenska Kören. The guests were also entertained by piano player Olavi Äikäs who played traditional Swedish Christmas songs.

During both events the guests where encouraged to participate in a photo competition where they had the opportunity to win engraved glasses from Orrefors, sponsored by our member company New Wave Group. To win you had to take a photo of yourself and post it under the hashtag #SwedChamXmas. We received a lot of wonderful contributions that you now can find under #SwedChamXmas on social media!

The Mystery Christmas Dinner in Beijing offered many surprises for the 150+ guests. Among other things a fantastic Lucia procession with 10 students from Beijing Foreign Language University under the lead of Annika Ljungwall preforming a sensational performance in Swedish that enchanted the audience and Rock the magician that stood for many laughs and surprises. Last but not least Beijing’s best live band the Hunters showed everyone a good time and invited everyone up to dance to a packed dance floor.

This could of course not have been done without help from our Chairman Lars-Åke Severin and Founder of Sino Matters, member of the Beijing Chapter Curt Bergström and our wonderful Santa Claus MC Tobias Demker who came in especially for the event. We also want to extend our thanks to our Dragon Partners; Volvo Cars, Syntronic, Finnair, Handelsbanken, Atlas Copco and Mannheimer Swartling as well as our Corporate Guests for the night; ABB, Volvo Group, Ericsson, Scania, Psu China and Sino Matters. We also want to extend our thanks to New Wave Group for sponsoring us with the engraved glasses, Arrow Factory Brewery for their own produced bottled beer, Scandic Foods for the snaps and Lily’s Collection for the 100% raw oil KLINTA candles. Photo cred goes to our wonderful photographer Alexander Lindblom.

Thank you all for participating. Hope you had, like us, a wonderful evening and see you next time!

Jaycee Yang, SwedCham’s Membership Service Manager, Martin Vercouter, SwedCham’s GM, and Erika Staffas, SwedCham’s office manager in Beijing
Mimmie and Anna from SWEA Beijing and Susanne from Scania
The PSU China team, Corporate Guests during the Christmas Dinner
Sören Lundin from our Beijing board and Maisoun Jabali from the Main Board
The Hunters entertained during the mingle
Curt Bergström from the Beijing Chapter together with Wei Xin
ZZ Zhang from the Beijing board in the middle together with colleagues from SANDVIK.
Jonas Broberg, Joakim Gorsberg from Scania’s table
Thank you to Arrow Factory for sponsoring us with beer
The Hunters entertained with some Christmas music
Rock the magician in action
Our Wonderful Santa MC Tobias Demker that came in especially for the Dinner
Helene and Anna from SWEA Beijing
10 students enrolled in the Swedish program at BFSU surprised the guests with a mesmerising Lucia procession – in Swedish!

SwedCham’s Dragon Partners present during the night were called up on stage. From the right: Alan Zhao from Finnair, Björn Jansson from Syntronics, Joakim Hedhill from Handelsbanken and Håkan Henriksson from Volvo Cars
Alan Zhao from our new Dragon Partner Finnair handed out gifts in our photo competition
Martin Vercouter congratulates a winner in our photo competition
Håkan Henriksson from our Dragon Partner Volvo Cars congratulated Axel and Mila
Rock the magician preformed both during the mingle and during the dinner.
We are still confused as to HOW Rock found a glass of soda in Joakim’s jacket arm!!

Happy times at our Dragon Partner Handelsbanken’s table

To wrap up the night the Hunters joined us once again

From us all to you all,
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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