An introduction to Shandong Province, China
Shandong Province in China and Yamaguchi Prefecture signed a document of concord in August 1982. They have used these friendly relations constructively since then, to work together in many fields. Most of their efforts have been directed towards protecting the environment, the economy, tourism, agriculture, fishing, and culture.
For five years, beginning in 1998, numerous volunteers from Yamaguchi participated in the planting of 500 hectares of forest on the banks of the Yellow River, to prevent sand from being blown away, and thereby protect the environment.
To celebrate 20 years since the signing of the document of concord, Governor Nii visited Shandong province in 2002, and pledged to keep promoting friendly relations between the two areas.
Shandong Province Outline
Surface area: 9.6 million square kilometers
Population: 92.5 million
Government headquarters: Sainan
Location: East coast of China
Economy: strong (particularly agriculture)
Industry: Energy and electricity production, metallurgy, building materials
Sightseeing: Shandong Province is home to several World Heritage sites, and is famous for being the birthplace of Confucius
Exchanges between Shandong Province and Yamaguchi Prefecture have been frequent this year, and with the 25th Anniversary since the signing of the document of concord coming up next year, this trend looks set to continue. Exchanges taking place in 2006 include exchanges between universities, exhibitions of Chinese products, environmental protection activities and campaigns to promote tourism.
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