A media group from Chengdu arrived in Chiang Mai, Thailand, one of Chengdu's sister cities, on Sunday after the tour to Bangalore, India.
Chengdu has 53 higher education institutes, including the renowned Sichuan University, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics.
Chengdu University has established friendly relations with more than 10 universities in Thailand, including the Prince of Songkla University, Mahidol University, Chulalongkorn University, Ramkhamhaeng University, Chiang Mai University and Suan Dusit Rajabhat University.
Chengdu University opened the first Thai language program in Sichuan in 2008, and has enrolled more than 500 students since then. The university also had the first Thai language and culture center in the province established in 2010 in cooperation with Chiang Mai University. The Thai government has built 10 such centers around the globe to promote the Thai culture and language.
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand became an honorary professor of Thai language at Chengdu University in 2011. In 2013, the university set up a research center on Thailand.
In 2013, Chengdu University sent 99 students to Chiang Mai to teach the Chinese language for five months as interns. This is the first time universities in Sichuan have such a large-scale Chinese teaching program abroad.
In 2014, Chengdu University sent another 87 students to do one-year internship teaching Chinese-language. This year, the university will send about 100 students to Chiang Mai as it third batch of Chinese-language interns.
Chengdu has held a Youth Music Week for sister cities for seven consecutive years. Young artists from Chiang Mai have taken part in all such events and their dancing and musical performances have impressed the Chengdu audiences.
By December of the year, Chengdu had 23 projects with investment from Thailand worth $66.96 million. Thai food restaurants are particularly popular in Chengdu. In 2013, commerce chambers from both sides signed a friendly cooperation agreement.