Friendship City: Huizhou, China 

Huizhou is the second city to city relationship Rockhampton Regional Council has established with China. Mayor Margaret Strelow signed a Friendship Agreement with Huizhou officials on the 26 November 2018.

In the short time since establishing the relationship, both cities have identified many ways to collaborate, complement and provide mutual benefits including; Economic Development, Agriculture, Education, Tourism, Culture and Arts.

Huizhou City is looking to work with Rockhampton Regional Council specifically on developing mutually beneficial salt water aquaculture industry, creating smart greenhouse technologies and exploring research and development opportunities with local institutions.

About Huizhou

Huizhou is a city in southeast Guangdong Province, China. With a population of 4.78 million residents, Huizhou is considered a first tier city by Chinese standards and is the second largest city following the city of Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong Province. Guangdong Province is the most affluent region in China with the population of 105 million. There is a strong focus for the city to develop the petro-chemical, industrial chemical, heavy industry, and nuclear energy industries.

The city manufactures 70 per cent of Apple's touch screen and electronic control systems as well as 1 out of every 8 mobile phones in the world. Forty percent of fresh food leaving China for Hong Kong goes via the Huizhou Port.

Huizhou is a picturesque city located in the coastal area of the South China Sea, adorned by green hills, clear water and social harmony. It is truly an attractive forest city, naturally composed of mountains, lakes, rivers and springs.  The importance of the Huizhou location comes from Chin a’s Great Bay Area, which can connect Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Macau, and potentially Shenzhen.   

Land Area: 11,300 square kilometres

Population: 4.78 million

Climate: Mild subtropical monsoon climate, with abundant rainfall and sunshine.

Tourism and events: An Ancient City with rich Cultural Heritage: Huizhou’s history of civilisation can be traced back to the min-Neolithic period of about 5000 years ago. As one of the first historical and cultural cities of Guangdong Province, Huizhou houses a great number of cultural heritage, historical relics and traditional customs as well as a galaxy of sages and personages.

An Environment Friendly city with gorgeous natural beauties: In a city full of happiness, there are about 80 scenic areas to visit including Huizhou West Lake, Luofu Mountain, Nankun Mountain, Daya Bay and Xunliao Bay. Huizhou is a city that dwells in mountains and rivers with houses being surrounded by gardens. Natural landscapes and modern commercial prosperity interact here in Huizhou, reflecting a balance between economic growth and environmental protection.

A friendly city which is open and inclusive: As a multicultural and inclusive modern city, Huizhou has been welcoming the whole world with open arms and has reaped the fruits of a range of economic and trade cooperation activities as well as sister-city exchanges.