The Storefront Library received a generous donation of books and DVDs about Hangzhou from the Municipal Government of Hangzhou, China. Hangzhou is Boston’s Sister City, with ties established in 1982. These materials are now available to the public at the Storefront Library. Thanks to Boston money manager, award-winning local author, and President of the Boston-Hangzhou Sister City Association, Moying Li for facilitating this gift.

From the City of Boston’s Sister Cities website:

“Hangzhou, generally regarded as China’s most scenic city, was described by Marco Polo as “Paradise on Earth”. From this perspective, it is easy to see why Boston and Hangzhou have so much in common. Designated a special trade zone by the Chinese government, the City of Hangzhou is now seeking to strengthen economic ties with Boston. Many events have occurred in the past few years to accomplish this including a trade fair hosted by Hangzhou at the World Trade Center in May 1991; participation by manufacturing companies in the Asian Trade Festival at Hynes Convention Center, February 1993; a visit by the Hangzhou Silk Fashion Team – to promote its silk industry, April 1993; and a visit by Mayor Wang Yongming in November 1994 to further strengthen ties between our two cities. Many artistic, cultural and educational exchanges have also occurred since we established sister city ties.”

In 2008, the Boston Childrens’ Museum created and featured an exhibit called “Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China.” Learn about Boston’s Sister Cities Program. More about Hangzhou from wikipedia and the Municipal Government of Hangzhou.