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Zhenjiang is a large harbor, industrial and tourist city located in Yangtze River Delta, in the economically developed area of the southern part of Jiangsu Province. The city is located 230 km west away from Shanghai and 50 km east away from Nanjing.
The city's population is over 3 million people and total area is of about 3840 sq km.
Zhenjiang has been called “urban forest" since ancient times. The city has 235 hills and 63 rivers. More than 42% of the land is under forest cover.  The city has a favorable geographical position. National highways and waterways pass through Zhenjiang, and Nanjing international airport is located nearby. Zhenjiang has 5 railways, including Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway, a railway station, a bus station for long distance routes and an airport.
The city ranks fifth in terms of socio-economic development in Jiangsu province. Zhenjiang is a pilot city for the introduction of low-carbon economy and the only city in Jiangsu province to carry out reforms for the development of ecological civilization.
The leading industries are the production of high-tech equipment and innovative materials. The city has a strong industrial base: nine zones of intensive industrial development and eight industrial parks have been created. Zhenjiang has the world's leading production base of anchor chains, the world's largest production base of coated paper of the highest quality, the largest plant for the production of balsamic brown vinegar.
Currently, the process of industrial modernization of Zhenjiang is proceeding accelerated pace. The main goal is to make the city one of the largest production bases of modern equipment, a significant regional center of logistics and development.
Zhenjiang city is a center of research and higher education. Education in the city is represented by 6 universities and 20 vocational schools, which train more than 100,000 students. The city is home to Jiangsu University, which is one of the top hundred universities in China.
Zhenjiang city has a high level of ecology. Around the city there are seven natural attractions, classified as national scenic spots and forest parks. Along with the construction of new urban areas, attention is also being paid to the protection and restoration of old neighborhoods. The annual flow of tourists to the city of Zhenjiang is 12 million people.
Main attraction:
- Jinshan Mount - park and pagoda on the mountain are the hallmark of the city;
- Zhenjiang Museum presents exhibits dedicated to the history of the city;
- The ancient street Xijin. It consists of several streets, which to this day convey the flavor and atmosphere of ancient China;
- Beigu mountain in the North-East of the city;
- the building of the former Royal hotel is one of the most important architectural examples of the city, built in the European style

Zhenjiang is a historic city with rich culture and talents. It has a recorded history of over 3,000 years and was the capital of Jiangsu Province before 1949. In the city there are 9 national culture relic protection sites and 4 national key religious temples. Pearl S. Buck, the famous writer and owner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, had been living in Zhenjiang for 18 years. There are 3 asteroids named after Zhenjiang local scientists.  

International intermunicipal cooperation between the cities of Stavropol and Zhenjiang has been carried out since 2009, within the framework of cooperation a mutual desire for the further development of friendly relations was expressed.
Since 2011 the mutual visits of official delegations of Stavropol and Zhenjiang cities have been systematically organized, during which the experience of local governments is exchanged, innovative solutions to city-wide problems aimed at improving the quality of life of citizens are introduced, the principles of the largest sister city enterprises are studied, the prospects for attracting investment in the economy of cities are considered. The further development of cooperation was facilitated by the Memorandum on strengthening of friendly relations between the two cities, as well as the Agreement on participation in joint programs of international exchange in the field of urban innovation, economic cooperation, expansion of international exchange between cities.
During the visit of the official delegation of the city of Stavropol to China in December 2012, the Agreement between the cities of Stavropol and Zhenjiang on friendly sister cities relations was signed.
As part of the further development of friendly sister city relations, the official delegation of Stavropol took part in the International conference of sister cities. This event, which brought together representatives of Zhenjiang sister cities from 11 countries in Europe, Asia and America, has become a platform for discussing a wide range of issues of socio-economic development and finding the most effective ways of inter-municipal cooperation. During the visit, issues of cooperation in the field of socio-economic development were also discussed and experience in the field of high technologies was exchanged. The prospects of further cooperation of sister cities in the field of youth exchanges were outlined.
The following years in the framework of the large-scale Russian-Chinese partnership were marked by positive dynamics of cooperation; special importance was attached to cooperation in the humanitarian and cultural spheres, as well as the formation of public diplomacy among young people.
International cooperation of sister cities in the field of education is actively developing. Within the large-scale bilateral humanitarian project "Years of friendly youth exchanges between Russia and China" in 2014, the first educational trip of a group of students and teachers of the gymnasium № 24 of Stavropol to the city of Zhenjiang was organized, during which an agreement was signed on the establishment of partner relations between Stavropol gymnasium № 24 named after Lieutenant General M.G. Yadrov and Zhenjiang Secondary school № 3. Currently, the interaction of partner schools is carried out on an ongoing basis. Exchanges between groups of students and teachers are carried out systematically. Within the framework of educational visits, teachers of sister cities get acquainted with new educational technologies, discuss the organization of the educational process, exchange experience in the field of education. Students attend integrated lessons, master classes in calligraphy and folk art, cook traditional dishes of national cuisine, organize concerts of friendship, and participate in joint press conferences, friendly sports. In addition to the training part of the trip, cultural programs are being developed for groups of schoolchildren and teachers. Members of groups visit museums, historical sites, get acquainted with the traditions of China and Russia.
During these visits of groups of schoolchildren and teachers, much attention is paid to the presentation of the higher education system, visiting the best universities of sister cities - Jiangsu University (Zhenjiang), North Caucasus Federal University, Stavropol State Agrarian University (Stavropol). Students get acquainted with the activities of research laboratories and training workshops implemented by international projects.
Work on familiarization with the history and culture of China, as well as the promotion of intercultural dialogue among young people continues throughout the school year. Students are happy to attend introductory lessons on the Chinese sister city, participate in creative competitions and exhibitions, create multimedia projects dedicated to China, present colorful presentations about the city of Stavropol.
The cooperation of sister cities in the field of culture is developing dynamically. In the sister city of Zhenjiang there were performances of the children's dance ensemble “Raduga” (Rainbow) of the municipal choreographic school of Stavropol - the winner of a number of prestigious national and international competitions, the owner of the Grand Prix of UNESCO "Golden Peacock" (26 people). In Zhenjiang, several concerts were given, which were held with great success. Residents of the sister city were able to get acquainted with the unique traditions of Russian folk art.
In order to further develop intercultural dialogue and strengthen mutual understanding, students and students of sister cities take part in international initiatives, forums and online conferences.
In 2017, as part of the international humanitarian action of Cross-years of exchanges between Chinese and Russian media, the international creative video contest "My homeland" was held, which was attended by more than 50 students of higher education institutions of Stavropol and Chinese sister cities.
In 2018, an international creative photo contest "My city" was organized among students of the city of Stavropol and sister cities of the People's Republic of China, dedicated to the celebration of the 240th anniversary of the city of Stavropol. According to the results of the competition, the winners were awarded diplomas of I, II, III degrees, all participants were awarded international certificates.
The international exhibition of children's drawing "We are children of one planet" was held at the Stavropol Children's art school, which presented the creative works of students of all sister cities of Stavropol.
The cooperation of cities continues to develop actively, the quality and scale of interaction improves. During the visit of the official delegation of the sister city of Zhenjiang to Stavropol in July 2018, the importance of further development of international educational and cultural exchanges, contributing to the strengthening of mutual understanding of the residents of sister cities, familiarization with the unique cultural traditions of Russia and China was noted. The parties discussed issues of joint participation in programs and projects in the framework of international humanitarian action "Years of interregional cooperation of Russia and China," in 2018-2019, and expressed the willingness of further development of friendly sister-city relations. As part of the cultural program, members of the delegation of Zhenjiang got acquainted with the historical and cultural heritage of Stavropol. The visit of the official delegation of Zhenjiang to Stavropol was covered by the local media.
In October 2018, in order to further develop friendly relations and in accordance with the invitation of the Jiangsu province people's government, the official delegation of Stavropol, headed by the First deputy head of the Stavropol city administration visited the Chinese sister cities.
The main goal was to participate in the celebrations dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the establishment of twinning of Jiangsu province, as well as in the International conference of sister cities of Zhenjiang. Within the program of the visit the official reception of members of the delegation of Stavropol by the government of Jiangsu province was held, during which a commemorative medal was awarded. In commemoration of the dynamic development of twinning relations with the cities of the People's Republic of China a tree with the name "Stavropol" was planted in the Nanjing Friendship Garden. During the meetings with Vice-Governor of Jiangsu province, Mayor of Changzhou and Vice-mayor of Zhenjiang the issues of mutually beneficial international inter-municipal cooperation, further development of friendly relations of cities were discussed.
Within the International conference of the sister cities of Zhenjiang, the members of the delegation got acquainted with the prospects of the introduction of low-carbon technologies, exchanged experience in solving environmental problems, as well as the preservation of the natural environment. The Stavropol delegation also visited the exhibition devoted to the history of twinning of the city of Zhenjiang, which presents multimedia and memorable presentation materials about the city of Stavropol. Information about the stay of the official delegation of Stavropol was announced in the media of sister cities of China.
In the framework of the further development of intercultural dialogue among young people, the group of students and teachers of the city of Stavropol visited the cities of Nanjing, Changzhou and Zhenjiang in the period from 15 till 18 March 2019. The main purpose of the visit was to participate in the awarding ceremony of the International youth drawing contest of Jiangsu province, which was organized within the framework of the international humanitarian action "Years of interregional cooperation between Russia and China". More than 100 thousand creative works of students of Jiangsu province and cities of seventeen countries were presented at the competition. Stavropol schoolchildren took fifteen prizes. The ceremony of winners awarding was attended by the representatives of the General consulates of foreign countries in Shanghai, the leadership of Jiangsu province people's government, member of the Federation of literature and art, representatives of the Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation, as well as teachers and students of the sister cities of foreign countries and Jiangsu province. During the reception the winners were awarded diplomas, expressed the need for the development of humanitarian and cultural relations and the participation of young people in joint projects.
As part of the program for the group of students and teachers of Stavropol a visit to the educational institutions of Zhenjiang was organized, during which they got acquainted with the system of general and additional education of children. Students of the city of Stavropol took part in the educational process, visiting lessons in mathematics, master classes in calligraphy, basics of fine arts and folk art. The prospects of further development of cultural and educational exchanges were discussed. As a result of the visit, an agreement was reached on the establishment of partnerships between the Palace of children's art of Zhenjiang and the Children's art school of Stavropol. A group of students and teachers of the city of Stavropol acquainted with the cultural and historical heritage of China, visiting the main attractions and museums of China. The stay of the group of students and teachers of Stavropol was widely covered by the local media.

Within the implementation of the Agreement between the cities of Stavropol and Zhenjiang on friendly sister cities relations a group of teachers and students (15 people) of Secondary school No. 3 of the Chinese sister city visited Stavropol in the period from
October 2 to 05, 2019. The reception was organized by the teaching staff of the gymnasium No. 24 named after Lieutenant General M.G. Yadrov with the assistance of Stavropol city administration.
The educational and cultural events program was prepared for the group of Chinese partner school students.
A solemn meeting with the leadership of partner schools, the head of international and interregional relations department of Stavropol city administration was held in gymnasium No. 24 On October 3, 2019. The experience of Stavropol in the organization of
international cooperation, the formation of public diplomacy in the youth environment was presented during the meeting. The importance of mutual educational exchanges contributing to intercultural communication among students was noted. The prospects
of further development of friendly twinning relations, the main areas of interaction between partner schools were discussed. The presentation of Zhenjiang Secondary school No. 3, which celebrates its 90th anniversary, was held.
During a visit to the gymnasium, Chinese teachers and students got acquainted with the educational process organization, new teaching technologies. Workshops on folk arts and crafts - painting birch bark products and making souvenirs were organized.
During the friendship concert, students presented a creative program reflecting the cultural characteristics of Russia and China. Students of partner schools visited the sports and training center “Stavropol Arena”, took part in friendly competitions.
As part of an extensive excursion program, visits to city museums and city historical and memorable places tour were organized.
The staying of Zhenjiang Secondary school No. 3 group of students and teachers in Stavropol was widely covered by the local media.

In accordance with the invitation of Changzhou and Zhenjiang municipal people's governments Stavropol official delegation and representatives of business community visited China sister cities in the period from October 13 to October 18, 2019. The main goal is the further development of friendly twinning relations as well as establishment of business contacts between representatives of sister cities business community.
According to the program of the stay, the official receptions of the members of Stavropol delegation by the leadership of Changzhou and Zhenjiang municipal people's governments were held. The issues of mutually beneficial international inter-municipal cooperation, further development of friendly sister-city relations were discussed during the meetings with the vice mayor of Changzhou and the vice mayor of Zhenjiang.
Within the business program Stavropol representatives got acquainted with the economic and industrial potential of sister cities. The presentation of the activities of Changzhou factory «Monocrystal PV» was held. Stavropol delegation got acquainted with the experience of sister cities trading enterprises, visited the milk and grain processing companies as well as the largest factories on agricultural machinery production. The prospects of cooperation, the possibility of exporting Stavropol products were discussed during the meetings with the leadership of leading companies in the processing industry. The preliminary agreement on establishing business contacts with Changzhou pharmaceutical company was reached.
Particular attention was paid to the latest developments in the construction industry, "green construction" technology of residential complexes and the arrangement of courtyards. The members of Stavropol delegation visited the buildings under construction in the city of Changzhou, got acquainted with innovative methods of flat building construction.
The stay of Stavropol delegation was covered by China sister-cities mass media.

For further promotion of friendly contacts between schools-partners, as well as development of cooperation in the field of education in the period from 03 to 10 November 2019 a group of teachers and students of the gymnasium № 24 of Stavropol named after the lieutenant general of justice M.G.Yadrov visited Zhenjiang. The host was the secondary school No. 3 of the Chinese sister city. Partnerships of educational organizations have been successfully developing for more than five years.
For the Stavropol group of teachers and students, a substantial program of stay was prepared. There was an exchange of experience on education and upbringing of the younger generation. During the meeting with the leadership of the partner school, the importance of mutual educational exchanges was noted and the prospects for further cooperation were discussed.
Students of the city of Stavropol took part in the lesson of Chinese language and literature, master classes in folk art. Friendly sports competitions in table tennis and basketball were organized, a concert of peer friendship was held.
During the visit, Stavropol students and teachers visited the school for girls of the city of Zhenjiang and got acquainted with educational process and work of laboratories.
During the meeting with representatives of the Foreign affairs department of Zhenjiang municipal people's government, the issues of development of youth cultural exchanges of educational organizations of the sister cities were discussed in a friendly atmosphere.
For the group of schoolchildren and teachers of Stavropol, an extensive excursion program was also prepared, during which Stavropol students had the opportunity to communicate with their age-mates and get acquainted with the culture and traditions of China.
The visit of Stavropol students was widely covered by the local media of the sister city of Zhenjiang.