A Chinese mayor hoped to see his town twinned with Epping five years ago this week.
A delegation of Chinese businessmen traveled from the Far East to get a glimpse of life in Epping.
The 11-person group, from Shaoxing Keqia district, traveled to the city to celebrate the ties between the two regions.
The Chinese city’s deputy mayor, Zhu Jianming, spoke of the many business opportunities available in the two regions.
In his speech, he discussed the differences between his hobbies, water sports, tourism and economic development.
Mr. Zhu added that he hopes to see the two districts twinned in the future.
Tour operator Chigwell Tours brought the delegation to the district and organized a tour of the iconic White Water Sports Center and Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge.
Salome Ahenkora, Managing Director of Chigwell Tours, said, “We hope this visit will be the start of a long-term relationship in developing business tourism opportunities between Epping District and Keqiao in China.”
Councilor Gagan Mohindra, deputy holder of the economic development portfolio in Essex, also spoke at the ceremony, where he championed support for his county’s economy and the visit of the delegation.
The group, who also made trips to Buckinghamshire, Cambridge and Oxford during their stay, finished their Epping leg with a traditional meal at The Queen Vic in Theydon Bois.