The sister city relationship was formalised on 6 May 2015
Hamilton and Chengdu have shared a relationship dating back to the mid-1990s, founded on mutual interests in agri-business and education. This relationship has evolved to include a wider range of mutually beneficial interests in the areas of trade, education and culture. The sister city relationship was established to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between New Zealand and Chinese peoples, and to consolidate and build on the friendly and economic co-operation between the two cities established in the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2014.
Chengdu is located in Southwest China and is the capital of the Sichuan Province with a population of over 14 million.
The city was first inhabited over 4000 years ago, and is famous for its Sichuan cuisine (particularly Mapo Tofu and Kung Pao Chicken, and Sichuan hot pot) as well as the mesmerising face changing art of Sichuan Opera.
The Sichuan region is also significantly home to the Giant Panda which has roamed the area for some two million years (the Giant Panda Research Centre is based in Chengdu).
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