Before the official establishment of the sister city ties, Xiamen and Izmir had conducted various exchanges. On Sept 8, 2014, Aziz Kocaoglu, mayor of Izmir in Turkey said that "Izmir will expand cooperation with Xiamen" in an exclusive interview with China Daily during his visit to the 18th China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) held in Xiamen, Fujian province.
A letter of intent between Izmir and Xiamen to build a sister-relationship for further cooperation was signed during the 18th CIFIT.
Aziz Kocaoglu, mayor of Izmir, Turkey, sits down for an interview with China Daily in Xiamen, Fujian province, Sept 8, 2014. [Photo by Lin Ting for China Daily]
The first Light Festival in Guanyin Mountain of Xiamen's Siming district was unveiled on Feb 2.
Xiamen was honored as a "City of Marathon" by the Chinese Athletics Association (CAA) at the opening ceremony of China Marathon Expo on Jan 4.