On October 31, 2013 Batesville welcomed a delegation from Haiyan County, Zhejiang Province China for the purpose of establishing a Sister City relationship. As a result, Batesville and Haiyan have agreed to work together to promote exchanges and co-operation in the fields of economy, trade, science and technology, culture, education and personnel. Through friendly consultations, both the City of Batesville and the Haiyan County of China will continue to maintain frequent contact when dealing with matters affecting both cities.
The two cities share a multitude of similarities including proximity to major cities, foremost economic development, top-class educational system and a deep respect for cultural heritage. Haiyan, which translates to “sea salt” in Chinese, was an optimal choice when seeking Sister City relations.
Haiyan is located in the Zhejiang Province on the bank of Hangzhou Bay and is within one and a half hours drive to four major cities, including Shanghai. Haiyan has a rich rural economy which focuses on rice, fresh water fish and shrimp among others.
In addition to the rural setting, Haiyan is a hub for modern industry and includes the Qinshan Nuclear Power Plant, which is the first self-designed and constructed power plant in China. Haiyan ranks as one of the top counties in the entire Zhejiang Province for their educational success.
In addition to Haiyan’s social and economic prowess, the Qiyuan Garden and Nanbei Lake offer a place to escape and relax and are among the top-rated spots in China.