Taipei, July 11 (CNA) The Taichung Tourism Association signed a cooperation agreement Wednesday with a tourism organization based in the Chinese city of Tianjin in an effort to promote tourism exchanges between the two cities.
Cheng Yu-lin, secretary-general of the Taichung Tourism Association, said he hopes the deal will further promote tourism between Taichung in central Taiwan and Tianjin, an important gateway in northern China.
Taichung Deputy Mayor Hsiao Chia-chi and Tianjin Mayor Huang Xingguo, who is currently leading a city delegation on a six-day visit to Taiwan, witnessed the signing, which took place at at the Jenn Lann Temple in the city's Dajia District. The temple is particularly renowned for its annual Matsu pilgrimage.
Prior to the ceremony, Huang visited an orphanage operated by the temple, where he donated NT$3 million (US$100,210) and backpacks to the children.
Huang was particularly impressed by the temple's large Matsu statue made of jade and lauded the temple's architecture and traditional Taiwanese culture.
The Tianjin mayor and his delegation arrived July 8 and will also visit Taipei, Hsinchu, Miaoli, Tainan and Kaohsiung before leaving Taiwan July 13.
(By Chen Chin-ping and Hanna Liu)