Mesa Sister City:

Kaiping, China

Kaiping, China

Kaiping, China became Mesas fourth Sister City on October 18,1993. Kaiping consists of three port cities, Changsha, Xinchang, and Dihai, on the southeast part of the Pearl River delta that incorporated in 1992. The city has a population of approximately 650,000 people.During Mayor Willie Wong’s term in office, Mesa was contacted by several Chinese cities seeking and association in the United States. Since Mayor Wong and many Valley residents of Chinese heritage have family roots in the Kaiping area, Kaiping was selected. Mayor Wong led a delegation to Kaiping in October 1994. An official delegation from Kaiping returned the visit in June 1996.

Kaiping invited Mesa to bring a trade delegation to an April 1997 Trade Fair.Currently, the Mesa Sister City Association is developing a student and teacher exchange program with Kaiping. In May 2000, a group of students and faculty members from Mesa Community College visited Kaiping for several weeks, assisting with English language classes at one of Kaiping’s middle schools. Additional exchanges are being planned.

For more information on the activities of the Kaiping Committee, contact Mike Huang at 602-882-4710 or email him at cmh21@netzero.net