Changsha Delegation Attends St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden Opening Ceremony
At the invitation of St. Paul Municipal Government of the United States, Changsha Municipal People’s Congress Standing Committee Deputy Director Yuan Liming led a Changsha delegation to visit St. Paul on July 12 and 13, 2019. They attended the opening ceremony of the St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden during their stay in St. Paul.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter met with the delegates at the St. Paul City Hall. He welcomed them to visit St. Paul and attend the opening ceremony of the St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden.
The St. Paul government held an unveiling ceremony for the St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden on July 13. During the ceremony, Mayor Carter thanked Changsha City for the precious gift - Xiang Jiang Pavilion (modeled after Changsha’s Aiwan Pavilion, one of China’s four famous pavilions). In celebration of the 31-year-long friendship between the two cities, he announced at the ceremony that every year’s July 13 is the city’s “Changsha-St. Paul Sister City Day”.
Deputy Director Yuan said at the unveiling ceremony that the China-US friendship originates from the people and takes root in local places. Changsha and St. Paul have been sister cities for 31 years. They have conducted frequent interactions and achieved fruitful results. A good example is that the two cities gave each other special gifts and kept them permanently in each other's parks. He hoped that the two cities will increase high-level reciprocal visits and strengthen exchanges and cooperation in economy, trade, culture, and education, so as to enhance China-US friendship and contribute to China-US cooperation.
Translator: Kuang Zhenzhen
Chinese source: wqb.changsha.gov.cn
Photo source: chinaconsulatechicago.org