Sanya, a city of around 800,000 people in Southeast China, is in line to be the Gold Coast’s next sister city after Mayor Tom Tate today signed a ‘Letter of Intent’ with the Chinese city’s Mayor.
Mayor Tate said the agreement would lead to a formal Sister City arrangement in years to come and may see around 500 international students from Sanya coming to study on the Gold Coast.
The city, in China’s Hainan Province is described by Lonely Planet as the “Hawaii of China” and is known as being a popular tourist destination – particularly for Russians. It is a significant college and university city, and has existing Sister City arrangements with Alhambra in the United States, Lapu-Lapu in the Philippines, Cannes in France and Blackpool in the United Kingdom.
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The Mayor of Sanya, Mr Wu Yanjun, applauded the agreement, which recognised the importance of developing friendly cooperation between our two cities.
The agreement will involve regular contact with our Mayor’s office and Sanya’s Municipal Foreign Affairs Office; knowledge exchange; and promotion of “economic cooperation in the sectors of trade and investment, tourism, education, culture, sports and environment protection.”