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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In an effort to help them broaden their horizons, and give them a multicultural education, a group of students from the Bangor school system will be heading to China later this month. Friday, those students and their chaperones had a send-off celebration down at the Bangor waterfront at the monument that commemorates Bangor's relationship with its sister city of Harbin. The group will be bringing an identical copy of that granite monument along with a key to the city to China with them.

Gerry Palmer, the chair of the Chinese cultural center of Maine and a former Bangor mayor will be making the trip with the students.

"the world is getting smaller we have much to learn from our Chinese friends they have the best ice sculptures in the world, they grow potatoes like we do educational, cultural, art, economics, their economic engine is very strong and powerful," explained Palmer.

Harbin is the eight most populous city in China with a population of about 10 million people.
Its nickname is the "ice city" due to it's cold climate and popular ice sculpture festival in the winter.The students depart for their trip on July 24th.

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