Category: City of Meishan

Meishan Assistance

In September 2019, Aulisone organised a trade delegation to visit the City of Meishan and we attended the 2019 International Bamboo Industry Fair, held in Sichuan Province.

It is with some fond memories that we recall our Delegation’s visit, where we had first-hand experience of the warm hospitality of the people of Sichuan Province, rich in customs and history, and natural beauty around us and in the people. Personally, I never felt more welcomed in China, than that time in Meishan.

In this particularly difficult time for the people in China, they are foremost in our minds, and it is in times like these that we need to reach out to each other and find a way to support them. The Corona virus does not discriminate and affects everyone of us, they are nearer to ground zero when compared to us in Australia, that is why we need to do what we can to help them fight this outbreak and stop the spread of the virus.

Aulisone will be organising medical supplies, N95 disposable surgical masks, positive pressure head covers, isolation masks, goggles, gloves, disposable coveralls to be sent directly to Chengdu for the City of Meishan. We also learned recently that China Southern Airlines will provide free transportation to freight supplies into major cities (excluding Wuhan). We currently seek the assistance of donors, suppliers, companies and individuals who may assist.

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Australian Delegation to Meishan

Together with The Australian Research Institute for Bamboo Industry (ARIBI), Aulisone organised a trade delegation to visit the City of Meishan and surroundings. We attended the 2019 International Bamboo Industry Fair, held in Sichuan Province.

Bamboo Connects the World, the 2019 International Bamboo Industry Fair

(photo courtesy Terry Dear)

Sichuan is a key producer of bamboo, and Meishan has a total forest area of 4.5 million mu ( almost 3 billion square metres), which equates to a forest cover of almost 50 percent. There are more than 100 species of bamboo in the area, but a favourite is the “Dragon Bamboo”, a giant of the forest which can grow as fast as 1.5 metres overnight.

Bamboo has many uses, although we first looked at it for Carbon Sequestration, it is an ideal plant for cities as it generates greater amounts of oxygen per square metre than an average tree, and makes it ideal for rooftop buildings. Bamboo has traditional uses in paper, furniture, art, weaving, textiles , however, it is the high tech applications which show promise, particularly in carbon fibre, graphene, batteries, and biofuel.


Meishan is indeed a beautiful place, and the birthplace of a poet known as Dong Po. The culture is intrinsically linked to bamboo, the essence of Meishan is everything bamboo. To be told that ” one would rather not eat meat, than to go without bamboo” is a very special saying here.

During this visit we were hosted by the Mayor of the city where we held talks on the potential collaboration between Meishan and Melbourne.

(photo courtesy Terry Dear)