Los Angeles seeks further partnership with Chengdu

Authors: China Daily

2018-06-15

Los Angeles City Hall was filled with music June 12 as business and political leaders from China and the US enjoyed a special jazz performance by a group of talented musicians from Alexander Hamilton High School.
The event, put together by the China General Chamber of Commerce - Los Angeles and Sister Cities of Los Angeles, was a sendoff for the 20 students in the Hamilton High Jazz Ensemble.
They are headed next month to the 12th annual Sister Cities International Youth Music Festival in Chengdu, as LA explores a partnership with Chengdu as a sister city.
The July 23-to-Aug 4 trip is being sponsored by the Chengdu city government, CGCC-Los Angeles and Chinese companies in the US.
Serving as cultural ambassadors, students will first mingle with counterparts from performing arts groups of Chengdu's sister cities around the globe and then embark on a four-day trip to Shanghai.
"This is the first time that Los Angeles high school students will perform at the International Youth Music Festival in Chengdu," said Mr. Zhang Ping, Consul General of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Los Angeles. "It fosters the exchange between students from the two regions, and also, speaking from a wider perspective, it promotes mutual understanding and friendship between people of the two countries."
Los Angeles has been a sister city to Guangzhou for a long time, Mr. Zhang said. The Chengdu trip will lay the groundwork for the possible further ties between Los Angeles and Chengdu.
Ms. Patti MacJennett, senior vice-president of business affairs at the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, said tourism is the most important form of cultural exchange, and China continues to be an important contributor to LA tourism.
"In fact, China has become our No. 1 overseas market for travel to Los Angeles since last year. We are the first US city to get over 1.1 million visitors from (China)," she said.
The agency opened an office in Chengdu last year to go with their branches in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, said Ms. MacJennett.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, June 15, 2018)

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