China Week 2017
Nelson’s close links with its sister cities in China will be celebrated during this year’s China Week, from 6 – 11 November.
The event will once again bring together an exciting array of activities, exhibitions, performances and business talks to celebrate and promote cross-cultural relationships and connectivity.
A Message from The Mayor of Nelson City
Nelson Mayor, Rachel Reese, says China Week is about celebrating our close relationship and recognising our historical links with China.
“I am particularly proud of our city’s long-standing connections with China, through our Sister Cities, Huangshi and Yangjiang. Since signing our sister city agreement in 1995, there have been over 20 educational, medical, cultural, business, sporting, and municipal exchanges between our cities.”
“Events like these encourage stronger connections and enduring friendships, and I am particularly hopeful our relationship can bring mutual benefits in the areas of education, business, environmental protection and tourism,” says Mayor Reese.
“The opportunities for growth and partnership between Nelson and cities such as Huangshi and Yangjiang are endless and it is celebrating this relationship through events like China Week which enables us to pursue these possibilities together.”
A Message from The Chinese Consulate General
As an idea originally put forward by the Nelson City Council and Chinese Consulate General in Christchurch in 2014, China Week has provided good opportunities to encourage further political, economic, cultural and educational interactions between China and Nelson.
Nelson City Council has attached high importance to develop relations with China, and the friendly city exchanges with Huangshi in Hubei Province and Yangjiang in Guangdong Province has kept good momentum during recent years. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and New Zealand. The partnership between Nelson and China is entering a new stage.
The Consulate General will continue supporting the incoming China Week in November. Chinese art troupes are expected to perform in the Official Opening and Theatre Night. Representatives from China Certification & Inspection Group (CCIG) will give a presentation to local enterprises. And Confucius Institute and Chinese community groups will host cultural displays and distribute souvenirs to visitors on Community Day.
The Consulate General hopes you will have a bite of China through this year’s China Week, and enjoy all the events.
Mr Wang Zhijian
Chinese Consulate General