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Hastings Guilin 30th Anniversary Celebrations March 2011


Hastings and Guilin celebrated 30 years of their successful  Sister-City relationship, which was the first between a New Zealand and Chinese city.


 The Guilin Performing Group had a full week visiting schools to perform, and public performances at the Opera House and Cornwall Park.  The Guilin City Delegation had formal talks with the Hastings District Council and business meetings with winegrowers.  They generously made a donation of US $5,000 to the Christchurch Earthquake appeal.  The Guangxi Institute of Botany Delegation concentrated on the horticultural industry and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council introduced them to their natural habitat restoration work.

Another highlight was the Osmanthus Garden at Cornwall Park, Hastings which was lit up every night and looked beautiful.