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Abottomless ceramic pot hidden away on the third floor of Beijing’s Liangma Antique Market has aroused the curiosity of the Seychelles’ first and only ambassador to China. Philippe Le Gall stands contemplating the possible uses of the Qing Dynasty artifact before moving on, presenting the shop owner with a French pastry and moving on.
When not antique hunting, French-born Le Gall represents the interests of his nation. Home to just 90,000 people, the Seychelles’ population is less than three percent that of Chaoyang, the Beijing urban district in which his one-floor embassy stands.
Away from the usual surrounds of the Chinese capital’s diplomatic compounds, the minnow operation sits apart from other missions, its reception decorated with photos and coffee-table books boasting the country’s greatest tourist attraction – marine life.
“I spend a lot of time promoting the destination,” Le Gall says. “Tourism is our bread and butter. It employs a lot of Seychellois and it’s a top priority.”
The drive appears to be working. Until 2010, his country received around 1,000 Chinese tourists a year. Today the number stands at 8,000. The figures appear modest by most countries’ standards, but the shift towards Asia has proven timely as the volume of visitors from the weakened Eurozone continues to decrease. The archipelago’s political stability and favorable time zone are also promoted to Chinese businesspeople looking to penetrate markets in nearby East Africa.