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Toledo Mayor Mike Bell, atop the Empire Building in China, shakes hands with Wu King Hung, who with a partner bought The Docks in Toledo.

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Toledo Mayor Mike Bell atop the Empire Building in Shenzhen, China.

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Kathy Carroll, left , director of the Toledo Symphony, and Scott Prephan, a real estate broker who spearheaded some of the initial Toledo-Chinese relations, enjoy a traditional dinner with the delegation after arriving in Shenzhen.

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Yuan Xiahona, center, embraces Mayor Mike Bell, right, and his mother, Ora Bell at dinner in Shenzhen.

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Toledo mayor Mike Bell visits KoolPower, of the Regional Growth Partnership, in China.

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Scott Prephan, Dean Monske, Mike Bell, Simon Guo, Amy Chang, Jim Lindsay, Dean Niese, and Michael Farrar at Tech Park.

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Toledo Mayor Mike Bell meets Zhu Haowen, mayor of Qinhuangdao, China.

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Mayor Mike Bell and Mudanjiang Vice Mayor Zhu Naizhen share a laugh while at meeting in Beijing.

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Mayor Mike Bell receives a gift from Mudanjiang Vice Mayor Zhu Naizhen. Mr. Zhu is planning a trip to Toledo this summer.

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Mayor Mike Bell gives a gift to Mudanjiang Vice Mayor Zhu Naizhen.

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While in Beijing, Mayor Mike Bell receives a gift from Zhao Talimu, president of the Beijing Conservatory. Kathy Carroll, the Toledo Symphony's president and chief executive, is at the mayor's right, while Amy Chang, the symphony's associate principal cellist, is at far right. The Toledo Symphony is trying to secure performance dates at the Shenzhen Concert Hall and the Beijing Conservatory.

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Dean Monske, head of the Regional Growth Partnership, far left, and Mayor Mike Bell meet in Beijing with Mudanjiang Vice Mayor Zhu Naizhen and Li ZhenGou, far right, chairman of YouBo Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

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Xia Xu, right, the artistic director of Shenzhen Concert Hall, welcomes the Toledo Symphony cellist Amy Chang, left and director Kathy Carroll.

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Amy Chang offers an impromptu piano performance at Shenzhen Concert Hall.

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Mayor Mike Bell walks with Zhang Guoqiang, deputy secretary and director of Qinhuangdao Foreign and overseas Chinese Affairs Office.

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Scott Prephan, left and Toledo Mayor Mike Bell, center, talk in Beijing with John Olago-Aluoch, a cousin of President Barack Obama and a Kenyan Parliament member.

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Toledo Mayor Mike Bell stands with his parents, Norman and Ora Bell, during a stop at the Bird's Nest in Beijing, the site of the 2008 summer Olympics.

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Kathy Carroll examines some Chinese swords in a shop.

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Toledo Mayor Mike Bell, left, and his father, Norman, on top of the Great Wall of China. Blade

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Scott Prephan, investment broker for Dashing Pacific Group Ltd., sits on a camel that was used on the walk to the Great Wall of China.

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Dean Monske, left, president of the Regional Growth Partnership, and Scott Prephan, of Dashing Pacific Group Ltd., walk on top of the Great Wall of China.

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