Headed by Yu Yuanmu, Vice Chairman of Chongqing People’s Congress Standing Committee; and Haiqing Zhang, Deputy Director of Foreign & Overseas Chinese Affairs Office; Municipality of Chongqing and the delegation members were in Seattle for a 3-day visit. During the short visit, the delegation members were able to visit City of Seattle, Seattle Chinese Garden, Boeing and meet with businessmen and community leaders.

On Sept 9, Chongqing Sister City Association hosted a dinner reception at Rainier’s Club to welcome the delegation and was attended by over 80 people.

Headed by Yu Yuanmu, Vice Chairman of Chongqing People’s Congress Standing Committee; and Haiqing Zhang, Deputy Director of Foreign & Overseas Chinese Affairs Office; Municipality of Chongqing and the delegation members were in Seattle for a 3-day visit. During the short visit, the delegation members were able to visit City of Seattle, Seattle Chinese Garden, Boeing and meet with businessmen and community leaders.

On Sept 9, Chongqing Sister City Association hosted a dinner reception at Rainier’s Club to welcome the delegation and was attended by over 80 people.

The dinner program was lead by welcome speech from Hong Qi, President of Chongqing Sister City Association, followed by former Seattle Mayor Charles Royer, who was instrumental in establishing the many sister city associations for Seattle, who also noted the rapid development of both Chongqing and Seattle since the establishment of the relationship.

Guests of honor at the reception include Darryl Smith, Deputy Mayor of Seattle; Qi Xiao-Feng, Consul of Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in San Francisco; Michael Craig, Washington State China Relations Council; Bill Stafford, President of Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle.

Jonathan Geiger, President of Seattle Chinese Garden Society reveals the project will be one of the largest Chinese Gardens in North America when completed. The garden is still under construction, and fundraising efforts are ongoing. Their most recognized fundraiser is the buy-a-brick campaign. For a price, supporters can have an inscribed granite brick which will be placed on the recognition wall near the entrance to the “Knowing the Spring Courtyard.”

For more information on the garden and the tours, visit www.seattlechinesegarden.org. Geiger also thanked all the project supporters, especially honoring King County Councilmember Jan Drago, for all her efforts during the early stages of the project. A special token was awarded to Drago followed by her thank you remarks.

To conclude the evening, Hong Qi, President of Chongqing Sister City Association expressed her gratitude for the guests’ participation and sponsors support from Tan Tho Tien, CEO of Sun Food Trading.

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