Lushun, Dalian, China – Fremantle’s emerging friendship city.

Apologies for the radio silence. Over the last week I have been in China and Facebook and Blogs and a range of other websites were blocked. Despite that minor inconvenience it was an extraordinary trip to an amazing country.

The primary reason I was in China was to visit the new friendship city that the City of Fremantle is developing with the port city of Lushun (population 250k approx)  near Dalian (population 7million approx)  in the North East of China.

Tim Milson (CEO of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce) also attended.

We were invited to attend both the Dalian international fashion festival and the international youth arts festival.

It would be fair to say that the Chinese have a reputation for not doing things in a half-hearted manner  and they did not disappoint. The fashion festival opening was was one of the most spectacular events I have ever seen. The Youth Arts was also very good and it is planned for a number of Fremantle schools to attend and perform next year.

We also had a number of meetings with government officials both from the Dalian Foreign Affairs Office and the Lushun Local Government to talk friendship, trade and cooperation between our port cities. Tim also met with the local chamber of commerce and industry as well.

I’ll post some more detailed reflections shortly on the dramatic changes going on in China. In the meantime enjoy the photos

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