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Forging new links and friendships with Weihai

Twenty three residents from Cheltenham celebrated over 30 years of friendship with its Chinese twin town of Weihai and 20 years since the two towns were officially ‘twinned’ during a recent 3 -day stay in the beautiful coastal city of Weihai.  Weihai, formerly called Weihaiwei, is a prefecture-level city in eastern Shandong province, China, and a major seaport. It borders Yantai to the west and the Yellow Sea to the east.

Memoranda of Understanding were signed by the Mayor of Cheltenham, the Mayor of Weihai and Judy Woodman, International Manager at Gloucestershire College on 19 October 2018 setting out closer future cooperation in the fields of education, sport, and promoting Cheltenham and the Cotswolds as a tourism destination to the Chinese market.

Highlights of the stay included visits to Weihai Ivy International School, which looks forward to developing links with Gloucestershire College and attracting overseas participants to its Summer Sailing School, and  Weihai Vocational School, which featured an impressive arts, crafts and textiles exhibition. A visit to a silk shop and exhibition provided fascinating insights into this important Chinese tradition.

A visit by ferry to nearby Liugong Island was particularly special for Annette Walker and her son Sam where they were able to see the place of her mother’s wedding on 18 April, 1938.   Liugong Island was once an important navy base during the Qing Dynasty, and now a popular tourist destination.  With over nine miles of coastline, the island is home to the Sino-Japanese Museum, former residences and restored buildings of historical interest.

With 1,000 km of coast, Weihai boasts beautiful scenery, a temperate climate, and world-class seafood cuisine. Its slogan: East or West, Weihai is the best. For anyone interested in information on Weihai, the International Choir Festival or the International Triathlon taking place next year in Weihai, please contact the Twinning Officer. 

 

From Weihai the group travelled with the bullet train to Beijing and spent two adventurous days visiting the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and other attractions, organised by Worlds Apart in Cheltenham in conjunction with China Links.

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Visit to Weihai

To celebrate over 30 years of friendship with our Chinese twin town of Weihai and 20 years since the two towns were officially ‘twinned’, 23 residents of Cheltenham will be visiting Weihai for 4 days in October 2018.

The visit will be led by the Mayor of Cheltenham and talks will take place on future co-operation between the two towns in the fields of education, sport, trade and promoting Cheltenham and the Cotswolds as a tourism destination to the Chinese market.

The group will spend 3 full days in Weihai visiting a vocational school, an international language school, the Sino-Japanese museum on Lugong Island which was a former British Naval base and visits to local attractions.

Anyone interested in forming a link with Weihai please contact the Twinning Officer. 

From Weihai the group will take the bullet train to Beijing and spend 2 days visiting the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and other attractions in Weihai.

Picture of last visit to Weihai in 2012

Overseas Students come to Cheltenham

Every summer Cheltenham sees an influx of students from its twin towns.  In July this year the Mayor welcomed 48 students from Annecyand 20 from Weihai. 

The students were all attending the international summer school run by Gloucestershire College, where they take part in language lessons, sporting and sightseeing activities and all stay with local host families.

A group of 10 young people from Gottingen were also in Cheltenham from 26 July to 6 August on a sport and language visit.  These visits give the young people a brilliant opportunity to experience family life with a British family and to gain confidence in speaking English.

Twinning Trip to Weihai 2018

To celebrate over 30 years of friendship with our Chinese twin town of Weihai and 20 years since the two towns were officially ‘twinned’, a trip to Weihai is being organised in the autumn of this year.

The visit will be led by the Mayor of Cheltenham  and is open to anyone to participate in – local residents, educational and business reps.

Information:

  • Dates : 16 – 24 October 2018
  • BA flight to Beijing and onward to Weihai
  • 4 nights (3 full days) in Weihai, with a programme arranged by the Municipality of Weihai
  • Accommodation in a 3 / 4 star hotel in both Weihai and Beijing
  • Bullet train journey from Weihai to Beijing.  This is a 6 hour journey during the day time.
  • 3 nights (2 full days) in Beijing with organised tours to the principal sightseeing places, including the Great Wall of China.
  • BA return flight to UK

Anyone wishing to extend their trip and visit other places in China, would be put in touch with the travel agent to make their own onward arrangements from Beijing.

Cost : Approx £1,700 per person based on a twin share (approx. £230 single supplement)

Price includes:

  • International return flight to Beijing with BA
  • Transfers and transport in China to/from Weihai (flying one way, train the other)
  • Hotel rooms for twin share in Beijing and Weihai, including breakfasts.
  • Visas

Excludes:   Other meals; Insurance; Tips; Personal spending and tours in Beijing.   There may also be some additional costs towards transport and the programme in Weihai.

If you would like to receive further details, please email the Twinning Officer .

Weihai pupils visit Cheltenham

Around 40 students from our Chinese twin town of Weihai spent two weeks in Cheltenham from 8-22 July 2017 attending Gloucestershire College’s International summer school.  The youngsters all stayed in local host families and spent an afternoon meeting with the Mayor of Cheltenham asking her questions about the town of Cheltenham and her role as Mayor.  The Mayor was presented with several gifts of friendship.

Twinning Youngsters welcomed to Cheltenham

The Mayor of Cheltenham had a busy couple of weeks in the summer welcoming students from our twin towns of Annecy France and Weihai China.

annecy-students-1 annecy-students-2The group of 30 Annecy young people and 55 Weihai youngsters were in Cheltenham from 8-29 July attending Gloucestershire College’s international summer school.  The 3 week programme included English lessons, sport and sightseeing trips and all the young people stayed in local homes.  Both groups met the Mayor in the Council Chamber where gifts were exchanged and youngsters aspired to being the Mayor as they tried on the chain of office.

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Annecy and Weihai students at summer school in Cheltenham

Cheltenham welcomed 48 pupils and 4 leaders from Annecy from 6-27 July who were attending the international summer school at Gloucestershire College for three weeks and stayed with local families, as well as 34 pupils and 3 leaders from Weihai, also at GlosCol’s summer school for two weeks from 13-27 July.  Both groups were welcomed by the Mayor at receptions on 9 and 23 July, and the Weihai group were invited to a garden party arranged by the Weihai Link.