A media group from Chengdu arrived in Chiang Mai, Thailand, one of Chengdu's sister cities, on Sunday after the tour to Bangalore, India.
A media group from Chengdu arrived in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on Sunday after the tour to Bangalore, India. The reporters interviewed officials at the Thai-Sichuan-Chongqing Chamber of Commerce branch in Chiang Mai, as well as from the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce and Chiang Mai University.
Chengdu and Chiang Mai signed a sister-city agreement on March 30. Chengdu is a hallway to western China and Chiang Mai is a regional center in the north of Thailand. The two cities are of important significance in the “Belt and Road Initiative” proposed by China to promote infrastructure construction and common development.
This year is the 40th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between China and Thailand, and the 10th anniversary of Thailand’s consulate general in Chengdu.
The provincial governor of Chiang Mai, Suriya Prasatbuntitya, said Chengdu is an economic and cultural center of the west of China and Chiang Mai and Chengdu have good exchanges and cooperation in culture and education. He said the transport connection between the two places is convenient, and the giant panda from Chengdu can become an ambassador for the two places to forge even closer relations.
Phuket and Chiang Mai are popular tourist destinations for Chengdu residents, who regard the two locales as their must-visit destinations.
Chiang Mai has picturesque landscapes, many places of historical interest and a pleasant climate. Chengdu was named one of three best tourist cities in China by the World Tourism Organization, and is famous for its spicy Sichuan food, unique culture and beautiful views. Last year, 47,600 tourists from Thailand visited Chengdu.
Since January, China Eastern Airlines has run three flights between Chengdu and Chiang Mai every week, and AirAsia is also negotiating with Chengdu to open direct flights between the cities.
Since Thailand upgraded its consular office in Chengdu to a consulate general in May 2006, Chengdu and Chiang Mai have made substantial achievements in their cooperation in education, culture, tourism and commerce, and in sister-city construction.