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.
As Twinning Officer, I am currently working on the organisation of this visit, which we hope will be led by the Mayor of Cheltenham, and will be open to anyone to participate in – local residents, educational and business reps. I would welcome receiving expressions of interest from anyone who might be interested in joining the trip and receiving further detailed information.
Information to date:
- A 9 / 10 day trip during the second half of October 2018, (from 15 Oct onwards).
- 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
OR 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 : Around £1,700 per person based on a twin share (approx. £230 single supplement)
Price is dependent on numbers, exact timing of trip, hotels selected etc, but does include:
- 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. (Some other meals may be included, still to be arranged)
- Tours in Beijing and a programme in Weihai (there may be some additional costs towards transport costs and the programme in Weihai – still to be arranged)
Excludes: Other meals; Insurance; Tips; Personal spending.
The trip is subject to a minimum of 10 people travelling together and at this stage the price and itinerary are all subject to change. If you would like to receive further details, please email the Twinning Officer by Friday 9 February 2018.
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.
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.
The Mayor, Cllr Wendy Flynn, welcomed a small delegation of four visitors from Weihai Municipal Archives Bureau to the Parlour on Tuesday 5 November. The group presented the Mayor with a Chinese tea set, met members of the Twinning Association and Weihai Link and were handed a collection of slides by the sons of the founder of the Weihai Link, former Honorary Alderman Jim Pennington. The visitors from our Chinese twin town had a brief tour around The Wilson, our newly refurbished Art Gallery and Museum, before heading back to London.
From 7-28 July, a group of 48 Annecy students attended the summer language school at Gloucestershire College and a group of 20 students from Weihai were there from 15-27 July. The mayor hosted receptions for both groups. The students all stayed with host families where they gained confidence with their spoken English.
Cheltenham has welcomed nearly 60 young people from our twin towns of Annecy and Weihai in July as they attend the international summer school at Gloucestershire College. The 44 students from France and the 15 from China all aged between 14 and 16 years, study english in the mornings and undertake a variety of sporting, cultural and sightseeing activities in the afternoons. Both groups have been into the Council chamber to meet the Mayor and have a reception with members of the Twinning Association. The youngsters stay with local host families and are truly immersed into english life and culture.