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.