Bonn and Chengdu celebrated the tenth anniversary of their fruitful partnership
Chengdu, capital city of the Sichuan Province, has become an important business hub in China. With its roughly 15 million inhabitants, it is Bonn’s largest partner city. The cities of Chengdu and Bonn have maintained friendly ties since the year 2,000. These have involved close cultural contacts and mutual visits. In 2009, the partnership treaty was signed.
In 2013, both cities signed a climate partnership agreement under the title ‘Bonn-Chengdu Partnership for Sustainable Low-Carbon Development’. Senior experts from the city administration, civil society, the business and scientific community now discuss mobility, sustainable urban development and energy efficiency and related issues during technical conferences and meetings.
The partnership also involves a close cultural exchange and a variety of other mutual encounters.
The tenth anniversary of the partnership was celebrated on Bonn’s Market Square on 1 June. In a varied program, highlights from the province of Sichuan were presented. The public could experience traditional mask changes, the classical tea ceremony and Chinese dances. There were also two singing-along programmes for children and adults as well as performances of the Bonn band "Kochkraft durch KMA", very successful in Chengdu, and Markus Schinkel Trio in the evening.
Visitors could learn about Chinese culture at 9 different market stalls, experience new culinary delights with chefs from Chengdu or see Chinese artisans at work.