Yangpu, Como form friendship ties

Como is renowned for its exquisite silk products and fashion designs, while Yangpu is shifting to the culture and innovation sectors.
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Mario Landriscina (first left), the mayor of Como, and Xie Jiangang (first right), the director of Yangpu, display a silk painting presented by Landriscina to Xie.

Yangpu District and Italy’s Como City established “friendly cities” ties on Saturday to enhance cultural and economic exchanges.

Como, the historical industrial city in the south of Alps, is renowned for its exquisite silk products and fashion designs, while Yangpu, also featuring the city’s earliest industries, is shifting to the culture and innovation sectors, according to the district government.

Mario Landriscina, the mayor of Como, and Xie Jiangang, the director of Yangpu, signed the friendship cities agreement at the Huangpu River waterfront, amid a cluster of preserved industrial plants and historical buildings.

Landriscina has led a federation of Italian small and medium enterprises to Yangpu to seek development and cooperation opportunities in the northern district of Shanghai. “We can carry out cooperation on economic and trade, culture, education and tourism in Yangpu,” said Landriscina.

Classic Italian furniture is displayed at the Italian Handicraft Customization Exhibition and Trade Center at 88 Jiangpu Road, which has been converted into an exhibition base for Italian art and culture.

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Italian jewellery is displayed at the Italian Handicraft Customization Exhibition and Trade Center at 88 Jiangpu Road.

As part of the cooperation scheme, the Italian Handicraft Customization Exhibition and Trade Center at 88 Jiangpu Road, where the signing ceremony was held, has been converted into an exhibition center for Italian art, designs and cultures. The center is also among the first batch of exhibitions to open to participants to the first China International Import Expo in November.

The four-story center is now displaying Italian jewellery, classic furniture, automobile and food. Cutting-edge Maserati and Alfa Romeo cars are being showcased on the ground floor along with traditional Italian handcraft and design.

The center will become a key site for Sino-Italy exchanges on industry and design. Artworks and installations from the museum of Da Vinci in Florence will be exhibited in the center in future, according to the center.

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Cutting-edge Maserati and Alfa Romeo cars are displayed on the ground floor of the Italian Handicraft Customization Exhibition and Trade Center to showcase the Italian manufacturing prowess.

It is part of the Yangpu government’s efforts to involve more international cultures into the former industrial base. It has created a Silicon Valley-like site near the Wujiaochang area for scientific and startup enterprises from around the world. The district has also established the “friendly cities” ties with Palo Alto in San Francisco.

The district is converting the former industrial site along the Huangpu River into a fashion and design center. With the cooperation with Como and other Italian cities, the district aims to introduce in the Milan Fashion Week and the Venice Biennale to the waterfront, according to the district government.


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