Main exchanges with Xiangyang
On July 17, 2010, Xiangyang and Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada concluded a sister city agreement. The then Deputy Party Secretary and Mayor Li Xinhua of Xiangyang City and the then Mayor Dennis Staples of Smiths Falls signed on the agreement on behalf of the two cities. Series cooperation agreements in respect of economic development, cultural education, tourism and talent exchange were signed on the same day.
In February 2012, as an international sister city of Xiangyang City, Smiths Falls successfully held a not-for-profit winter camp for middle school students from Xiangyang City jointly with Willis College.
Introduction to Smiths Falls
Located in the east of Ontario, Canada, Smiths Falls covers an area of about 8,300 square meters and has a total population of about 9,000. Though it is an inland city, there are quite a few lakes and waterways in Smiths Falls, with Rideau Canal running through the center of town and connecting Smiths Falls with Ottawa and Kingston by water. Rideau Avenue goes in parallel with Rideau Canal and stretches from Kingston to Ottawa, which is about 385km long.
Nearby Smiths Falls, one can enjoy beautiful scenery and sports activities such as camping, boating, hiking, snowmobile and cross-country skiing.
In July 2010, a delegation led by the then Mayor Dennis Staples visited Shiying Community in Fancheng District
Signing ceremony for the establishment of sister city ties between Xiangyang and Smiths Falls in July 2010
Fifth from the left: the then Mayor Li Xinhua of Xiangyang City; Fifth from the right: the then Mayor Dennis Staples of Smiths Falls