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The rose garden celebrates the sister city relationship between the City of Adelaide and the City of Qingdao in China. 

The statue "Song of the Wind" which forms the centrepiece of the garden, was donated by the Qingdao Municipal People’s Government.  The original version of the statue stands in the Little Qingdao Park in the City of Qingdao, China. The young girl, holding an ancient Chinese harp – Konghou, plays the symphony of the sea and the city. The two statues echo each other across the seas, bonding the friendship between Qingdao and Adelaide

The red roses symbol life and celebration in Chinese culture. The City of Qingdao rose was bred and donated by George Thomson, a renowned South Australian rose hybridist.

Building on the sister state relationship between South Australia and Shandong, which was formed in 1986, the City of Adelaide and Qingdao formalised a Friendly City relationship in 2001.

In 2002, a Memorandum of Understanding (Education and Training) was signed between Qingdao Municipal Government and the City of Adelaide.

A delegation of 19 people, led by the then Adelaide Lord Mayor, Alfred Huang, visited Qingdao and attended the China International Education Exhibition in Shandong. The delegation also visited universities and schools in Qingdao with positive outcomes.

In 2013 the City of Adelaide hosted a Strengthening Relationships with China workshop which was attended by a delegation from Qingdao, including their then Mayor. Later that year, Adelaide’s Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood led a business delegation to Qingdao. Over the next 12 months, the sister city agreement between the two cities was formalised.


Address:South Terrace, Veale Gardens, Adelaide, 5000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.936172
Long: 138.596157
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Garden
Monument Theme:Government


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 25th February, 2018
Front Inscription

Plaque :

Adelaide - Qingdao Rose Garden

The Adelaide - Qingdao Rose Garden celebrates the relationship between Adelaide, Australia and Qingdao, People`s Republic of China.  Genenously donated by the Qingdao Municipal People`s Government, the Song of the Wind statue echoes its twin across the seas.  The City of Qingdao rose honours the cities` warm relationship.

Sculpture : Song of the Wind
Sculptor : Zhang Saitao
Sponsored by : Huangdao District People`s Government, Qingdao

Plaque :

City Of Adelaide

Adelaide - Qingdao Rose Garden

Officially opened by

Lord Mayor Martin Haese, Councillor Priscilla Corbell-Moore, 
Consul-General of the People`s Republic of China to Adelaide Mr Cai Siping,
Vice Consul Mr Liu Nanchuan, Former Lord Mayor Mr Alfred Huang and City of Adelaide Councillors

The statue Song of the Wind was generously donated by the Qingdao Municipal People`s Government

25 February 2018


Source: MA
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