To celebrate the 30th anniversary of sister city relationship between Guangzhou and Lyon, David Kimelfeld, President of Greater Lyon, and Georges Kepenekian, Mayor of Lyon, lead a delegation to Guangzhou from May 6th to 9th.
Since the sister city relationship was established in 1988, Lyon has been one of Guangzhou’s closest international partners with various cooperation across fields such as the economy, technology, culture, education and tourism.
The delegation’s visit to Guangzhou has opened the prelude to a series of celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the two cities. The main activities are as follows:
The “Sun Trip 2018 Lyon-Guangzhou” cycling event. Scheduled from June to August, the “Sun Trip 2018 Lyon-Guangzhou” cycling event will kick off in Lyon on 15th June 2018, following with the arrival and award ceremony to be held in Guangzhou later in August 2018. The event will organize about 40 participants from all over the world, to leave from Lyon, France, ride 12,000 kilometers, cross more than 10 countries, finally to arrive in Guangzhou in August. This event aims to promote environmental protection and innovation as well as to further spread the friendship between China and France.
The Guangzhou Sister City Culture and Art Troupe to performe in Lyon. At the end of July 2018, the Guangzhou Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform in Lyon on behalf of the Guangzhou Sister City Culture and Art Troupe to celebrate the 30th anniversary of sister city relationship of the two cities.
Large-scale international activities. In late November, Lyon will hold an environmental technology exhibition and the 3rd Sino-France Cultural Forum; in early December, Guangzhou will hold the 4th Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation (Guangzhou Award); from November to December, both cities will hold International Lighting Festivals.