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Sister cities Wuhan and Manchester - 30 years on

25 October 2016

If you happen to travel to China at the end of October, you can go to Wuhan for some dosage of Manchester music and food and possibly have your photo taken with the Lord Mayor.

Chefs cooking in a kitchen
Manchester twinned with Wuhan in 1986.

Wuhan may not be a household name for Chinese cities to the majority of Mancunians. However, it is certainly a familiar name to the City leaders and local businesses with interests in China. Manchester twinned with Wuhan in 1986 and this relationship has been actively driven by the City Council and the city government of Wuhan.

Well remembered are the times when Wuhan used to second staff members to Manchester to identify business and cultural links between the two cities. With its 30th anniversary this year, the two cities intend to drive this relationship to another level with new impetus. Research scoping exercises took place at both sides to identify trade and business collaborations and their findings will be shared and discussed in the Manchester Week in Wuhan from 31 Oct to 4 Nov.

Alongside business discussions, Manchester is putting on some cultural charm offensive with music radio programmes each day in the city centre. Manchester artists and educators will meet their counterparts for exchange of ideas. A school visit, judging painting competition and cooking master-classes are some of the activities running in the Manchester Week in Wuhan.

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