We are proud and excited to announce that Fort Worth and Guiyang have won the 2014 U.S. China Sister Cities Youth Award! This award is recognition of the programs building strong people-to-people ties between these two countries.
After several years researching candidates and communicating with them, in May 2010, a Fort Worth delegation of Sister Cities board members, representatives from the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, City of Fort Worth and local business leaders visited China to determine which city to invite to be Fort Worth’s eighth sister city. After the team shared their recommendation with the Sister Cities board of directors, a recommendation was made to the Fort Worth city council who unanimously selected Guiyang, China. An official invitation was extended to Guiyang who immediately followed with its acceptance.
Fort Worth and Guiyang formally signed a Sister Cities agreement in Fort Worth on October 17, 2011. A Fort Worth delegation led by Mayor Betsy Price and City Councilman Dennis Shingleton, Guiyang Liaison for the council, traveled to Guiyang, in April 2012 to sign the agreement in China.
Both cities have expressed a desire to create beneficial exchanges and as a result, through Fort Worth’s International Leadership Academy, Guiyang students with teachers come to Fort Worth in July, spending two weeks with students from our seven other sister cities.
Fort Worth looks forward to many more exchanges with its newest partner and an opportunity to learn about China’s rich culture.
In the spring of 2012, a delegation of city leaders accompanied by the Texas Wesleyan Choir traveled to Guiyang. The city of Guiyang shared this e-book, ‘Welcome to Cool Guiyang‘ to commemorate our visit. The video below is a clip of the choir rehearsing. You can see even more pictures from our trip on our Flickr page and more videos on our YouTube channel.
“Traveling abroad is exciting, but it can be overwhelming too. When traveling with a Sister Cities group, you will be included in several group briefings before your departure including protocol information specific to your trip. Additionally, we have created a Travel Checklist as a resource for you to help you get the most out of your experience.”
Guiyang is the capital of Guizhou Province, and its political, cultural and economic center. Guiyang is abundant in natural and cultural resources.There are 37 minority nationalities in Guiyang with a majority Miao and Buyi people that make 77 percent of the total.
Guiyang is very open to cultural exchanges. Children’s art ensembles have been invited to the U.S., France, Turkey, Singapore and Malaysia and groups of artists from Guiyang have also visited France, Russia, the USA and other countries for cultural and art exchanges.