The friendly relationship between Christchurch and the Gansu Province is reflected in the areas of education, culture and economic development.
In 1927, a Cantabrian named Rewi Alley moved to China. Rewi Alley spent most of his life helping the Chinese people improve their standard of living. This was the beginning of a friendship between the cities. At the request of Rewi Alley in 1984 a formal relationship was cemented between Christchurch and the Gansu province.
Gansu is a province in the north-west of the People’s Republic of China. The province generally has a semi-arid to arid continental climate. Most inhabitants of Gansu speak dialects of Northern Mandarin Chinese, Tu, Amdo Tibetan, Mongolian, and the Kazakh language.
The landscape in Gansu is very mountainous in the south and flat in the north. The Yellow River passes through the southern part of Gansu Province and through the province's capital and largest city, Lanzhou.
The Christchurch-China Sister Cities Committee runs a Facebook page (external link) where you can stay up to date with all upcoming events and any other relevant information.