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    TNCN Visited Taiyuan and Chengdu with Sister Cities Delegation from Nashville and Franklin in May

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    Nashville and Franklin Sister Cities Delegation to China

     

    May 10 – 16, 2017, TN-China Network Executive Director Elizabeth Rowland traveled to Chengdu and Taiyuan, China, with a delegation from Nashville Sister Cities and the City of Franklin. 2017 marks Nashville’s 10th anniversary as a Sister City with Taiyuan in Shanxi Province. Franklin has a Friendly City relationship with a district named Chenghua, one of the largest urban districts within Chengdu in Sichuan Province.

     

    While in Chengdu, the delegation:

    • Attended the 2017 Chengdu Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fair
    • Visited the Business & Innovation Centre for China-Europe Cooperation (CCEC 中国-欧洲中心) in the Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone
    • Visited the Science City Planning Hall of Chengdu Tianfu District
    • Met with the President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Southwest China
    • Visited the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

     

    While in Taiyuan, the delegation:

    • Visited the Baoyuan Old Vinegar Museum and Workshop in Qingxu County and the Shanxi Museum in Taiyuan
    • Visited Pingyao Ancient City and Jinci Temple Park
    • Held meetings and had a lunch banquet with Taiyuan municipal government officials to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Taiyuan-Nashville Sister City relationship and discuss future Sister City business, cultural, and education collaboration. Participating government officials included:
      • Nashville Council Member Sheri Weiner
      • Taiyuan Mayor Geng Yanbo
      • Taiyuan Vice Mayor Chen Xiangyang
      • Director Xue Weizhu, Taiyuan Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology
      • Director Liang Hongyu, Taiyuan Education Bureau
      • Director Xue Jianming, Taiyuan Commerce Bureau
      • Director Pan BaoHuan, Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Taiyuan Municipal Government
      • Vice Secretary General Shi Xudong, Taiyuan Municipal Government
      • Director Song Yifang, International Investment and Cooperation Department, Shanxi Provincial Demonstration Zones of Transformation and Comprehensive Reform
    • Visited T-Park (Taiyuan Technology & Innovation Park 清控创新基地) innovation and business incubator, a branch of Tsinghua Science Park

     

    TN-China Network looks forward to working with Sister Cities of Nashville and the City of Franklin to increase business collaboration and exchanges with Taiyuan and Chengdu in the coming months and years.

    See below for photos from the trip.

     

    Chengdu, China

     

    Chengdu Forum Opening Ceremony

    Welcome speech during the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Chengdu Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fair

     

    Business & Innovation Centre for China-Europe Cooperation (CCEC) photo

    Business & Innovation Centre for China-Europe Cooperation (CCEC) in the Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone

     

    Shuangliu District under construction across from the Science City Planning Hall of Chengfu Tianfu District

     

    Diorama of the Tianfu New Area in Chengdu

    Diorama of the Tianfu New Area in Chengdu

     

    Alderman at Large and Vice Mayor of Franklin Pearl Bransford

     

    photo of Metro Nashville City Council Member Sheri Weiner

    Metro Nashville Council Member Sheri Weiner

     

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    Sister Cities of Nashville delegation members Alison Kirshner, Heather Cunningham, Amelie de Gaulle, and Barbara Cobb

     

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    Hotpot dinner with our Chengdu hosts. Right to left: Mr. Fan, Deputy Director of North America Division, Chengdu Foreign Affairs Office; Heather Cunningham, Executive Director of Sister Cities of Nashville; Charles Li, Executive Officer of Investment for InvestUs; Ms. Xiong, Deputy Director of North America Division, Chengdu Foreign Affairs Office; Mr. Hsing Liu, Executive Officer of Planning for InvestUS; Ms. He Qixi, interpreter and group coordinator from Chenghua District government; Don Cusic, Professor at Belmont University.

     

    TNCN Executive Director Elizabeth Rowland (second from right) with the President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Southwest China, Ben Wang (right); Gabriel Luis, and Linda Garceau of Nashville

     

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    Panda at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

     

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    TNCN Executive Director Elizabeth Rowland, with (left to right) Ellie Westman Chin, President & CEO of Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau; Pearl Bransford, Alderman at Large and Vice Mayor of Franklin; and Sheri Weiner, Metro Nashville Council Member

     

     

     

    Taiyuan, China

     

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    Vinegar baking in the sun at the Baoyuan Vinegar Workshop

     

    photo of Pingyao

    Pingyao Ancient City

     

    Jinci Temple Park

     

    photo of Taiyuan government officials

    Taiyuan municipal government officials meeting with the Nashville delegation

     

    photo of Director Pan

    Mr. Pan Baohuan, Director of the Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Taiyuan Municipal Government

     

    photo of Sheri Weiner

    Metro Nashville Council Member Sheri Weiner presenting on Nashville to the Taiyuan government officials

     

    Meeting between Taiyuan Vice Mayor Chen Xiangyang and Nashville Council Member Sheri Weiner

     

    Geng Yanbo, Mayor of Taiyuan speaking with with Sheri Weiner, Metro Nashville Council Member, at a lunch banquet in Taiyuan

     

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    Council Member Weiner presenting Mayor Geng with a Titans jersey in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Taiyuan-Nashville Sister City relationship

     

    photo of 3-D printers

    Taiyuan 3-D Printing Public Service Platform inside T-Park innovation and business incubator

    3-D printed teeth mold

    photo of robots

    Personal robots in the T-Park incubator coworking space

     

    photo of Yuying High School chalkboard welcoming Nashville delegation

     

    photo of Yuying High School

    New Yuying High School being built in Taiyuan

     

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    Yuying High School students teaching the Nashville delegation how to make Beijing Opera Masks

     

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    Our hosts from the Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Taiyuan Municipal Government at our farewell dinner: Section Chief Caroline Shi and officials from the Public Affairs Section, Li Qingtao and Wang Liqin.


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