Qingdao has sister city relationships all over the world, including Long Beach (US), Southampton (UK), and Nantes (FR). Now we can add Pattaya, Thailand to the list. The hookup is related to Thailand’s involvement with the Horticulture Expo 2014 to be held in Qingdao from April to October, 2014.
Qingdao Deputy Mayor Liu Mingjun and other city officials recently visited the Pattaya Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens to seal the deal. A provision in the agreement allows for a Thai consulate in Qingdao.
More info on the Qingdao sister city hookup with Pattaya:
Pattaya officials have formalized their ties to the Chinese city of Qingdao, signing a cooperative agreement in advance of next year’s World Plant Expo.
Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome signed the sister-city agreement with Qingdao Deputy Mayor Liu Mingjun and Thai-Chinese Culture and Economy Association President Pinij Jarusombut Jan. 22.
Under discussion since October, the agreement calls for joint promotion and cooperation in finance, science, technology, cultural studies and tourism. It also lays the groundwork for Pattaya’s participation in the World Plant Expo.
Pinij said Pattaya and Qingdao are similar in economy and tourism. The agreement allows for the establishment of consulates, he added.
During their visit, the Chinese officials visited Nong Nooch and saw a model of the planned center during a presentation from garden Director Kampol Tansajja.
Qingdao Sister City Relationships