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.
The Indiana-Zhejiang Province relationship began in 1987 when Governor Robert Orr signed a sister-state agreement with officials from the Zhejiang Province.
Batesville is one of twelve Indiana cities to have a sister-city relationship with a community in Zhejiang.