Nelson City Council proudly presents Nelson’s inaugural China Week from 7-13 September 2015, our city will celebrate our close relationship with China, with a programme of events encouraging everyone to get involved. As an idea originally put forward by the Chinese Consul-General Jin Zhijian in 2014, it is a chance to encourage further cultural understanding.
I am very proud of our long standing relationship with China, in particular our sister cities, Huangshi and Yangji- ang. This year, we are in fact celebrating our 20 year relationship with Huangshi. During the week, I will welcome a Chinese delegation, led by the Mayor of Huangshi and look forward to marking the important anniversary by re-signing the Memorandum of Understanding between our two cities. I see a great amount of respect for this enduring commitment.
The week of festivities coincides with Chinese Language Week, with an exciting array of activities, performances and business talks to celebrate and promote cross-cultural relationships and connectivity. I hope you are also able to enjoy a ‘Taste of China’, whether it be at the opening event at the Trafalgar Street 1903 site on the 7 September, or through local cuisine from a number of Chinese restaurants around town, or at the full day of events at NMIT on Saturday 12 September. Initiatives like China Week showcase our city to the world, and are an important part of ensuring we are working together to make Nelson an even better place to live.
I look forward to seeing you around town for China Week