2007 International Course at UNCC

Starting in 2007, there was a course on Wednesday nights on the university campus that consisted of four international public relation students, including an exchange student from South Korea, and two informational technology students. The instructor was a Charlotte Sister Cities Board Member. The goal of the course was to honor the 20th anniversary of the Charlotte-Baoding Sister Cities relationship and create a functional website showing the heart of Charlotte to the people of Baoding. The students  conducted research by networking and exchanging e-mails with students in Baoding to gain an appreciation of the target audience for the website. Through their inquiries, students learned about the culture of Baoding and more about Charlotte Sister Cities. The innovative cross-cultural communication gave the students important leads to what stories would be most interesting and created lasting international connections.

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Baoding - Charlotte Relationship Timeline

June 2010 – Jianli Wang travels to Baoding on behalf of the CIC Baoding Sister Cities Committee and meets with city officials.


May 15, 2010 – CIC and the Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University co-sponsor a team in the Dragon Boat Festival at Lake Norman and share a table at the Asian Festival.


May 16, 2009 – The Charlotte International Cabinet team, the CI Sea Dragons, races in the Dragon Boat Festival at Lake Norman.


Spring 2009 – The “I-Sights” program connects teens in Charlotte and China through photography and an exhibit at The Light Factory.


November 30 – December 12, 2008 – A group of high school students from Charlotte visits Baoding while traveling in China for a photography exchange program run by The Light Factory museum.


June 7, 2008 – Charlotte Sister Cities Baoding Sisters team races in the Dragon Boat Festival at Lake Norman.


Spring 2008 – Presentation about Baoding at the Main Library (part of the International Partnerships series)


Fall 2007 – Communications class at UNC Charlotte teams with students in Baoding to create a website in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Charlotte-Baoding relationship.


June 9, 2007 - Charlotte Sister Cities races in honor of Baoding in the Second Annual Dragon Boat Festival at Lake Norman.  The all-female team was named “Baoding Sisters” and was sponsored by AREVA.


Winter 2006 - Wei Shuangli makes her second trip to Charlotte for the Southern Christmas Show.


February 25 – May 8, 2005 - 2 teachers from Baoding spend 10 weeks in Charlotte at Queens University’s English as a Second Language Program and visiting area schools.


2004-2005 - 2 recent graduates from UNCC and Davidson College spend 1 year teaching English in Baoding schools.


May 22 – June 6, 2004 - Charlotte Sister Cities trip to China, led by City Council member Patsy Kinsey.


Winter 2003 - Wei Shuangli visits Charlotte to participate in the Southern Christmas Show for a first time.


November 13 – 24, 2002 - Yang Bingjun, a painter from Baoding, visits Charlotte for the Southern Christmas Show. He paints landscape and other natural pieces on dried reeds.


August 19 – September 22, 2002 – CPCC features “Artists from Baoding, PR China”, which includes work and visits by Baoding artist Baoquan Tan and Zhanliang Wu.


November 3 – 19, 2001 - Wei Shuangli represents Baoding at the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte. Shuangli produces inner bottle paintings, a traditional craft in China.

November 9 – 19, 2000 - Liang Xiuying comes to Charlotte for the Southern Christmas Show. She makes colorful figurines from dried wheat flowers, a traditional craft in Baoding.


May 2000 - Bruce and Carmen Hilton visit Baoding as official delegates from CSC for informal fact-finding and exchange of ideas about future projects.


May 6, 2000 - Li Shufong, Counsel General, and Cui Qingping, 1st Secretary and Counsel of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China attend the Asian Festival in CLT.


March 26 – April 11, 1999 - A delegation of 26, led by Councilman Charles Baker and his wife, visits Baoding.


May 1– September 7, 1998 – The China Ancient Arts & Sciences exhibition at Discovery Place features artifacts and art from Baoding.


May 7 – 14, 1994 - 21 visitors from Baoding visit Charlotte, including Li Yu, Sister Cities coordinator with Baoding Foreign Affairs Office; the vice mayor of Baoding, and several managers and directors.


September 2 – 11, 1993 - Nineteen Charlotte citizens visit Baoding, led by mayor pro tem Anne Hammond.


December 1, 1992 – The “Art from Baoding, China” exhibit opens in Charlotte.


February 1992 – Three educators from Baoding visit Myers Park Traditional School.


April 15, 1991 – “A Taste of China” event is held at Jerald Melberg Gallery.


July 2 – 8, 1990 - 5 medical professionals from Baoding visit Charlotte, including Madame Zhao Yang, chair, Red Cross of Baoding and vice mayor of Baoding.


June 2-10, 1989 - 40 Charlotte citizens led by Councilman Richard Vinroot visit Baoding while students protest at Tiananmen Square in Bejiing.


June 9 -18, 1988 - 21 Charlotte high school students go on Charlotte-Mecklenburg School’s first student trip to mainland China.


April 1988 - Chinese Children’s Art Exhibit at the Mint Museum of Art features art from children in Baoding ranging in ages from 4 to 14.


September 23 - 29, 1987 - Baoding delegation, including Baoding Mayor Tian Futing, visits Charlotte for an official signing ceremony.


March 30 – April 5, 1987 – A three-member delegation visits Baoding to discuss long-term projects between the cities.


January 12, 1987 - Declaration passed by City Council and signed by Mayor that officially joins Charlotte and Baoding as Sister Cities.