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.
|Sunday, February 12||Depart Lethbridge|
|Monday, February 13||Travel day - Arrive in Beijing |
|Tuesday, February 14||Travel 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 16||Meetings in Anyang, Henan – Economic Development, Education and Friendship City Relations|
|Friday, February 17||Meetings in Anyang, Henan – Economic Development, Education and Friendship City Relations, depart for Beijing |
|Sunday, February 19||Travel Beijing to Shanghai |
|Monday, February 20||Lethbridge and Region Investment and Trade Seminar and meetings in Shanghai with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)|
|Tuesday, February 21||Delegates participating in the Japan leg depart for Haebaru, Okinawa |
|Wednesday, February 22||Meetings 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 25||Group departs for Lethbridge|
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)