Welcome to Wellington Xiamen Association
Xiamen (pronounced shya-min) has been Wellington's sister city in China since 1987. The Wellington Xiamen Association aims to enhance goodwill and understanding between the people of Wellington and Xiamen.
Learn more about the sister cities of Wellington and Xiamen and the opportunities WXA has created for the people of Wellington to explore and understand Chinese culture.
Xiamen is located in the south of Fujian Province on the western coast of the Taiwan Strait, facing Kinmen Island across the sea. It has long been an established port for foreign trade on China's southeastern coast and is a popular tourist destination. The city covers a total area of 1,699 square kilometers and has a registered population of 2.52 million (2009). Xiamen is one of China's first special economic zones, enjoying provincial-level economic administrative autonomy and local legislative power. It currently comprises six districts - Siming, Huli, Jimei, Haicang, Tong'an, and Xiang'an. Since becoming a special economic zone, Xiamen has enjoyed a sustained rapid and balanced economic growth. The city has been named "National Hygienic City" and won the "Nations in Bloom" award. It won the award of the "UN Habitat Scroll of Honor" in 2004 and named "Model City for Social Development" in 2005.
2016 Wellington Citizens Trip to Xiamen
16 May 2016
Sister City visit 28th May – 5 June 2016
A delegation of Wellington citizens is heading to our sister city, Xiamen, South China. Once known as Amoy, this island of 4 million has been an important port for centuries, and is a vibrant, modern, and affluent city.
The Wellington Xiamen Association is a volunteer group of locals who, with the support of the Wellington City Council, form long-term relationships between the two cities by exploring each other’s culture through information, events and various projects in education, art and culture.
On this trip a selection of quality books from Te Papa Press will be presented to the city’s chief librarian, along with a letter from Wellington City Library regarding a sister-library link ; plans will be discussed for joint exhibitions and dance performances in Wellington next year ; a presentation will be made to the Xiamen First Hospital recognising an annual pediatric exchange with Wellington, and various educational projects will be explored.
In essence, sister city organisations promote peace through people-to-people relationships, including programme offerings varying greatly from basic cultural exchange programmes to shared research and development projects between linked cities.
Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International is nonpartisan, non-profit organisation and has tens of thousands of citizen-diplomats and volunteers in 570 member communities with over 2,300 partnerships in 150 countries on six continents.
The Wellington delegation includes artists, translators, a travel broker, business owners, dance company director, photographers, the Te Papa Community Relations Manager and a travel writer, who say they all look forward to being good ambassadors from New Zealand’s capital, as well as bringing information back about the culture of Xiamen to share with other Wellingtonians.
For more information, please phone Janet Andrews, President of the Association, at 04 562 7200 / 021 164 2655.