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Hubei/China

Group picture after the contract signing ceremony.

Group picture after the contract signing ceremony.
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The regional partnership between the Free State of Saxony and the province of Hubei started with a Saxon initiative. The objective of the agreement signed on 29th June 2007 by the then Saxon Prime Minister Prof. Dr. Milbradt and Governor Luo Qingquan in Wuhan is to provide the political background for commercial activity by Saxon companies in Hubei.

Mutual benefits are expected through cooperation and exchanges in the fields of business, trade, environmental protection, research, education, renewable energy, energy efficiency, science, technology and further education of professional and managerial staff.

The German-Chinese Promenade in Wuhan in 2009 with its Saxon pavilion.

The German-Chinese Promenade in Wuhan in 2009 with its Saxon pavilion.
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As part of the many events, which took place in Wuhan from 20th September to 31st October 2009 under the motto »Germany and China – moving forward together«, the Free State of Saxony presented several new features of its own. German institutions and enterprises presented themselves at the »German-Chinese Promenade« from 23rd to 31st October 2009. Saxony had its own pavilion. Visitors were given information about the economic, cultural and touristic aspects of the Free State.

Visit by a delegation of Chinese journalists from Hubei province

Chinese journalists from Hubei province as guests of the Free State.

Chinese journalists from Hubei province as guests of the Free State.
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A delegation of Chinese journalists from Hubei province visited the Free State on 2nd and 3rd September 2009. The delegation showed particular interest in the topics of traffic guidance systems and environmental technology. They visited the building site of the City Tunnel in Leipzig, the Kaditz purification plant and the regeneration project at the contaminated airfield site in Großenhain. The Chinese journalists were welcomed at the State Ministry for Employment and Economic Affairs and the State Ministry for Environment and Agriculture. The background to the visit was the participation by the Free State of Saxony in the series of events »Germany and China – moving forward together« which were held that autumn in Wuhan, the capital of Saxony’s partner province Hubei.

Portrait of the region

The central Chinese province of Hubei is well known in the media and by tourists due to its position on the Yangtse River and the Three Gorges Dam project, which started around 14 years ago. Every year, many tourists come to explore the landscape of this province with its many mountains, lakes and rivers, intrigued by the Yangtse River, its tributaries and the dam project, the largest in the world. Another noted feature of the region is the Wudang mountain range with its Taoist monasteries, which have featured in films and were declared a global cultural heritage site by UNESCO in 1994.
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Hubei covers 185.897 km² and makes up around 2% of the total land area of China. It is the home of an ethnically diverse population exceeding 60 million people.

The impressive scenery at the Three Gorges Dam.

The impressive scenery at the Three Gorges Dam.
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The province is economically strongest in the fields of machine tools, mining and construction, chemical manufacturing and light industry and textiles, but also benefits from its water power resources, tourism and agriculture. Hubei is also one of the three main centres of the Chinese automobile industry.

The range of enterprises is highly multi-cultural. It is therefore not surprising that foreign firms undertake a large part of the Chinese export business. The provincial capital of Wuhan also has the largest inland harbour in China.

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