Long Beach-Qingdao Association

Winner of the 2010 Best Overall Program Award from Sister Cities International!
01/06/2015 - LBQA Annual Luncheon

The Long Beach-Qingdao Association (LBQA) will soon kick-off its Annual Luncheon on January 16th, the first official 30th Anniversary Program of the year. Spanning the past 18+ years, it will focus on the development and education of the public and business between China and the U.S.

This year the LBQA we are honored to have the opportunity to introduce the new Honorable Consul General for the People’s Republic of China, Los Angeles; Ambassador Liu Jian.  We are equally proud to host our Keynote speaker, Mr. Douglas Drummond, who will present the Port of Long Beach and its trade with the City of Long Beach’s largest trading partner, and special guest Mayor Robert Garcia.

For more information or to register, click here.


08/24/2014 - Sharing a “Long Beach Garden” with China!
Adventures at Qingdao’s Horticulture Expo 2014
Largest Project Ever for Long Beach-Qingdao Association

September 24th • 5:30 to 7:00 pm
• Executive Dining Room—Keesal Young & Logan Law Office, 400 Oceangate, 14th Floor*

• $15 Members, $20 non-members, including refreshments
• RSVP to Candace Walsh--Cell: (562) 346-7082 Email:candace@ctcconferences.com

Click HERE to view the event flyer for more details

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: See and hear the exciting adventures of our Long Beach delegation’s visit to China for the gala Grand Opening of the International Horticulture Exposition in sister city Qingdao. The group represented our City at the unveiling of the “Long Beach Garden” amid hundreds of other gardens from around the world.

See original video of our local delegation - horticulturists, Port executives, educators, and flower-lovers - exploring the incredible expo grounds and learning about the fantastic gardens and everyday artistic landscape designs of China. Providing a traditional American culture experience, the High Tide Quartet—a group of local Sweet Adeline singers—also brought a bit of Long Beach to the Expo.

Join LBQA President David Griffith and other members of the delegation, hear the High Tide Quartet, and enjoy this cocktail-hour program. This multi-year project was partially supported by the Port of Long Beach.

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05/07/2014 - Chinese Sister City Group Tours “Long Beach Garden”

Nearly twenty local residents attended the grand opening of the International Horticultural Exposition in Qingdao, China, last week. The highlight was a tour of the “Long Beach Garden,” representing five different historical approaches to gardening in our city—a project more than two years in the making.

Headed by Mary E. Barton, President of the Long Beach-Qingdao Association, the delegation included two officials from the Port of Long Beach who had also toured the Port of Qingdao (a sister port), a Horticulture group from Long Beach City College, and the High Tide Quartet, who sang barbershop harmony at the garden site and on a local television show.

“What a spectacular event it was,” said Barton. “We never expected such a huge, gala grand opening.  There were hundreds of singers and dancers, even flocks of pigeons entertaining the international crowd.”  Only two gardens represented the U.S. among the hundreds of gardens in this “world’s fair of gardens,” the other being the Georgia garden.

In the Long Beach Garden’s “bungalow” section, a porch swing  was the centerpiece.  “The swing was a very popular accoutrement,” continued Barton, “and the only one in the entire Expo!”
A committee designed the Long Beach Garden, including representatives from the LBQA, the Horticulture Program at Long Beach City College, the City Office of Sustainability and Local architect firm Perkowitz+Ruth.  P+R provided the landscape architecture design, through its StudiONEleven unit, with assistance from their Shanghai office.
While in China, the local delegation also visited the P+R office in Shanghai and received a briefing on horticulture issues at the new Disneyland Shanghai, now under construction.

At least 13 million attendees are expected to visit the Expo in its six-month life, which will end in October.

Click Here to view more pictures of the Long Beach Garden.