HORSHAM Mayor David Grimble has encouraged people to call into the Horsham and Grampians Visitor Information Centre to see a display on Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture.
The municipality has a sister city friendship agreement with Nujiang, one of eight autonomous prefectures in the Yunnan Province in south-west China.
Cr Grimble said the display included books and flyers containing colourful images of Nujiang’s natural environment.
“The prefecture is named after the Nujiang River and the Lisu ethnic group,” he said.
“The Nujiang River is the longest undammed river in South-East Asia and the Lisu people make up almost 50 per cent of Nujiang’s population.”
Cr Grimble said Nujiang was known for its rivers, valleys, landscapes and mineral resources, along with its rich, colourful and diverse cultural heritage.
“The area has a mild climate ranging between 15 and 25 degrees all year round and the locals are very friendly,” he said.
“I visited Nujiang last October as part of a delegation to enter into the Cultural Education Exchange Program between Horsham College and Nujiang Middle School.
"The first group of Horsham College students will travel to Nujiang in September.”
Cr Grimble said the Horsham delegation learnt about Chinese culture during its trip.
“We also provided them with some Grampians tourism information written in Mandarin that they now have on display,” he said.
“I encourage people to learn more about Nujiang and perhaps even make a visit there one day.”