The relationship between the city of Reggio Emilia and the city of Rizhao, situated in the Shandong region, was signed on May 9th, 1998 and it is one of the 31 active institutional links between Italian and Chinese cities.
Rizhao is a metropolis of about 3 million inhabitants located in the Shandong Peninsula and it is considered one of the thirteen “greenest city” of the planet. In fact, 99% of the buildings is equipped with photovoltaic and thermal solar panels for heating and even street lighting and traffic lights are provided by solar energy. More than 6 thousand houses and more than 60 thousand farms use solar energy.
In this context, the relationship between the two cities mainly concerns agriculture and bioenergy, but also innovation and technology transfer.