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City of Lethbridge Mission to Asia

​​​​​​​​​​​From February 12-25, 2017, a delegation from Lethbridge traveled to China and Japan. This delegation was led by Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman and included regional representation from Lethbridge County and economic and education sectors.

The purpose of the trip was to pursue economic development, support educational connectivity between partners, and continue fostering relationships in follow up to the recent visit from our Sister-City colleagues and companies in Anyang City and Anyang County, Henan, China and Haebaru, Okinawa, Japan.



​​​Trip Itinerary:  

Sunday, February 12Depart Lethbridge
Monday, February 13Travel day  - Arrive in Beijing
Tuesday, February 14Travel day – Beijing to Zhengzhou
Wednesday, February 15

Meetings in Zhengzhou, Henan with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)

Depart to Anyang, Henan

Thursday, February 16Meetings in Anyang, Henan – Economic Development, Education and Friendship City Relations
Friday, February 17Meetings in Anyang, Henan – Economic Development, Education and Friendship City Relations, depart for Beijing
Sunday, February 19Travel Beijing to Shanghai
Monday, February 20Lethbridge and Region Investment and Trade Seminar and meetings in Shanghai with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)
Tuesday, February 21Delegates participating in the Japan leg depart for Haebaru, Okinawa
Wednesday, February 22Meetings in Haebaru, Okinawa – Economic Development, Education and Friendship City Relations
Thursday, February 23

Depart Haebaru, Okinawa for Tokyo

Meetings with Japan Trade Office and an Education Information - Session in Tokyo

Friday, February 24*Tentative -meeting with the Imperial Family*
Saturday, February 25Group departs for Lethbridge

 Trip Map:


 The City of Lethbridge and Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden representatives visit with members of the Imperial Family.

Members of the Imperial Family (left to right) include: Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado and her daughter, Her Imperial Highness Princess Ayako.

Members of the Lethbridge delegation (left to right) include: Councillor Blaine Hyggen, Mayor Chris Spearman, and Michelle Day, Executive Director, Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden.

The delegation met with the Imperial Family to present an invitation to attend the 50th Anniversary of Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Celebration.

(photo taken February 24, 2017)