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Mayor of Aarhus Jacob Bundsgaard visits Chinese sister city Harbin

From 4th to 6th of January Ambassador A. Carsten Damsgaard and Mayor of Aarhus Jacob Bundsgaard attended the opening ceremony of the annual Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin in Heilongjiang province.


As one of the first Danish municipalities the City of Aarhus in 1984 entered into cooperation with Harbin, a Chinese city of over 11 million people. Since then, about 30 Chinese and Danish municipalities and regions have entered into partnerships.

The relationship between Harbin and Aarhus has resulted in cooperation within the fields of agriculture, environment and energy. The sister city relationship between Aarhus and Harbin is thus a good example of how governmental cooperation at local level in China can open doors for Danish companies.


On Friday, Mr. Wang Zhaoli, Secretary of Harbin Municipal Committee, hosted a meeting followed by a dinner prior to the opening ceremony of the International Ice and Snow Festival. Mayor Jacob Bundsgaard was accompanied by City Director Niels Højberg and Secretary General Lise Pless.


The Ambassador and the Mayor sat at the high-table opening ceremony with the top party leadership in Harbin, including the Mayor of Harbin and other prominent leaders from the Harbin Municipal Committee.


The festival originated in Harbin's traditional ice lantern show and garden party that takes place in winter, which began in 1963. Since then, the event has evolved into the world's largest international ice and snow sculpture festival, which officially opened in 2001. Today, with spectacular and diverse ice art works, the festival attracts millions of visitors every year.


08.01.2019  07:43