Yantai-Mackay Sister Region Relationship

Our Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday region is honoured to share a Sister Region Relationship with Yantai, China.

Forged in 2010, this continuing relationship has gone from strength to strength. In 2012, an official agreement was signed between Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regional councils and Yantai.

In 2015, a Chinese delegation from Yantai City People’s Congress visited Mackay in a bid to strengthen ties and discuss business, investment and education opportunities between our regions.

Mayor Deirdre Comerford later visited Yantai ahead of a trade mission to China and Japan in 2015, led by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. During this mission, Cr Comerford received an invitation for local Mackay students to take part in a Yantai Winter Camp.

Three months later, nine students from Whitsunday Anglican School and Mackay State High School (along with two chaperones) experienced their very first Yantai Winter Camp. This exciting opportunity also served to strengthen the educational, cultural and economic ties between our regions.

The next student exchange will see a group of Yantai students visiting Mackay region later this year (2016).

About Yantai, China

Yantai-mapLocated in the province of Shandong, across from South Korea and Japan, Yantai is bordered by the Yellow Sea and the Bohai Sea. Yantai is a stunning coastal city of 6.9 million residents and boasts a thriving and diverse economy.

Yantai is currently the second largest industrial city in Shandong, next to Qingdao, however, the region’s largest industry is agriculture. Fruits, vegetables and seafood are plentiful in Yantai, and it is famous throughout China for a particular variety of apple.

Its earth is also rich with resources and Yantai’s gold reserves, in particular, have the highest output in China.

The picturesque scenery in and around the city of undulating hills rising above rivers, long-stretching beaches and 60-plus islands has earned the area acclaim by the United Nations, which lists it as one of the most habitable places in the world.

Yantai is also the cradle of wine production in China, housing the largest wine production base in Asia. In 1987, the International Grape and Wine Bureau dubbed the city the "International Grape and Wine City".

Yantai Economic and Technological Development Area is one of the earliest approved state-level economic development zones in China. Additionally, Yantai Export Processing Zone (YTEPZ) is one of the first 15 export-processing zones approved by state council. YTEPZ has attracted investors from foreign countries and regions as well as domestic investors keen to operate in the zone.

In 2011, the city’s GDP amounted to $77.9 billion US dollars with per capita GDP of nearly 11,000 US dollars. Its total economy ranked second in Shandong Province and 20th in the nation.

In 2004, China Central Television (CCTV) recognised Yantai as the most "Charming City of China".

Evidence suggests Yantai existed as a city for as long as 10,000 years.