Sister City affiliate
of Cixi (pronounced "Tsuh-Shee"), China is
located northeast of the Zhejiang Province, China, near Hangzhou Bay,
and northwest of Ningbo. It is in the Yangtze River
Delta, in the coastal open economic zone of China, and
is within the triangle of the commercially active cities
of Shanghai, Hangshou, and Ningbo. Light industry
is the largest sector of the city's economy although agriculture
and heavy industry are also part of the thriving community. Manufacturing
includes food processing, textiles, crafts, chemicals,
synthetic fibers, plastics, non-ferrous metals, machinery,
and electrical and electronic equipment. The bustling
metropolis boasts over a million people with factories
of various kinds forming the basis of a sound and diverse
economy. In April 1996, Bakersfield Sister City hosted the first all California Sister Cities State Conference at the Holiday Inn Select. The centerpiece of that conference was a gala dinner on the evening of April 13, at which Bakersfield Mayor Bob Price and Cixi Mayor Hu signed an official agreement, affirming the Sister City affiliation of Bakersfield and Cixi.
is a strong economic base, and much effort has gone into
improving the industry and optimizing agricultural enterprises. Cixi
farmers engage in scientific and technological farming
cultivation, production, processing, and exporting. Modern
agricultural techniques have helped Cixi become a national
leader in agricultural endeavors.
City of Bakersfield became a Sister City affiliate
of Cixi City, China, in March 1996 (Resolution 38-96).
In June of 2007, the Hangzhou Bay Bridge linking Cixi to the northern shore of the bay and to Shanghai was completed, though it will not open to traffic until Spring of 2008. This bridge, which is 36 kilometers or more than 22 miles in length, is the longest trans-oceanic bridge in the world and will shorten the distance from Shanghai to Cixi by 120 km, and the travel time from nearly four hours to two. Bakersfield Mayor Harvey Hall has been invited to attend the official dedication of the bridge in May 2008.
active and modern, websites relating to Cixi's economic
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