Sister City fellowship to China

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Selwyn residents are being offered the opportunity to join delegates from around 20 different countries later this year to learn about Chinese culture, people, food and history.

Each year, the Selwyn Sister City committee sends a local representative to Gansu in northwest China, for a month-long exchange.

This year, the fellowship exchange runs from September 1 to 30 in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu, and is funded by the Gansu Provincial People’s Government of China.

Past Selwyn fellows have come from backgrounds in agriculture and exporting and local government.
Last year’s fellow, Phillip Millar, said the experience was a great opportunity to learn more about the region of Gansu and to see some amazing sights.

“A highlight for me was definitely exploring the city of Lanzhou, which runs along the beautiful Yellow River and visiting the rainbow-coloured mountains in Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park,” Mr Millar said.

“I also loved visiting the Crescent Lake and sand dunes in Dunhuang. I had never seen anything like these amazing landforms before, and my appreciation for the beautiful landscapes of China was increased markedly.”

Gansu Province is on the Silk Road and close to the Gobi Desert. It is the Chinese Province in which New Zealander, Rewi Alley, established schools. Alley was born in Springfield, and this connection is a key part of the Sister City relationship between Selwyn and Shandan.

The Gansu Fellowship is open to anyone between the ages of 22 and 50 who lives or works in the Selwyn district.

For more information or to apply contact Bernadette Ryan on, or phone 03 347 2800.