Phuket Province in Thailand became twinned with Xiamen on May 11, 2017, making it Xiamen's 19th sister city and also the first from Thailand.
Phuket, one of the southern provinces of Thailand, consists of the island of Phuket, the country's largest island, and another 32 smaller islands off its coast.
Thailand has long benefited from Phuket's abundant natural resources, including tin, rubber, seafoods and fruits. Therefore, Phuket is hailed as its country's "Treasure Island".
Phuket's tourism industry has steadily developed since the 1970s and is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia, attracting tourists from all over the world.
A Hong Kong delegation attended the 2018 China International Internet of Things (IoT) Expo held in Xiamen, Fujian province on July 6 to further promote cooperation and exchanges in IoT between the two cities.
An exhibition to commemorate the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up was held in Kaunas, Xiamen's sister city in Lithuania, on June 26 as a Xiamen delegation visited the European country.