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Delegation from the city of Jining, People's Republic of China visits Taganrog

May 6, 2009: official municipal delegation from the city of Jining, People's Republic of China headed by Vice-Mayor Liu Cheng Wen visited Taganrog. During the tour of the city, the visitors from Jining visited the Chekhov Birth House, Chekhov Shop (Lavka), Chekhov Drama Theater, Alferaki Palace etc.

First Vice-Mayor Kuryanov (left) and Vice-Mayor Liu Cheng Wen (right) shake hands after signing the protocol

The two sides held talks regarding various areas of future cooperation between the two cities, and reached an agreement on details of the partnercity agreement between the two cities to be signed by the mayors Nikolay Fedyanin and Zhang Zhenchuan on June 2, 2009 in Taganrog. The two cities are planning to establish and develop cooperation in such areas as trade development, cultural and educational exchanges, tourism, science, news and information exchange etc.

Russian and Chinese sides after the signing ceremony

Jining is a prefecture-level city in southwestern Shandong province, People's Republic of China. Jining is renowned as the birthplace of Chinese predominant philosophers Confucius and Mencius, who are the founder fathers of the Confucianism. That is why Jining has so many places of historical interest. Among them, the most famous one should be the Confucius Temple (Kong Miao) in Qufu County. Also, the Kong Family Mansion was listed into the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. All these brilliant traditional culture of China have attracted numerous descendants of the Yellow to worship as well as countless foreign visitors in favor of Confucianism.