WELLINGTON CITIZENS VISIT XIAMEN, Nov 2013

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WELLINGTON CITIZENS VISIT XIAMEN, Nov 2013

"ALL FLIGHTS CANCELLED" - On one of the few days in the year that Wellington airport was forced to bow to the weather - fog not wind cancelled all flights to Auckland - a group of 12 Wellingtonians hoping to fly to China instead headed home to wait, while their leaders Janet Andrews ( WXA ) and Jeanne McKnight ( WCC ) spent most of the night in tortuous rescheduling. Tickets were finally sorted, and all 14 trip members reassembled in Auckland the next evening, via Christchurch!



Over the next 6 days the group participated in a marvellously full programme - visiting exhibitions, temples, historic villages, neighbouring cities, cultural performances, and of course enjoying the great variety of restaurants and eating places. A half day on Gulang Yu, and day trips to Quanzhou, Chongwu and the Dadi Toulou cluster, gave the group some understanding of the history of the area; visits around the city itself, to the Hui he Stone Culture Park, the Xiamen Urban Planning museum, the city library, Jimei artzone and Expo Garden, and the famous Nanputuo Temple, added glimpses of today's life in this vibrant and exciting city.



This trip was a small step in WXA's aim to help the citizens of each city experience, explore and learn about each other's culture - while most delegations are specifically civic, cultural, educational or involving business, this visit was to have a community level, people-to-people flavour. Although there were no formal functions to attend, all group members were to act as informal ambassadors of Wellington, and on return to promote knowledge of Xiamen as Wellington's Sister City within their own networks.nn