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A Dunedin delegation's trip to China is costing ratepayers about $27,000, the Dunedin City Council has confirmed.
The five-strong delegation headed by Mayor Dave Cull departed on Friday and is due back in Dunedin on July 27, following engagements in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Qingyuan.
Mr Cull is being accompanied on the trip by deputy mayor Chris Staynes, DCC chief executive Sue Bidrose, Enterprise Dunedin Project China co-ordinator Hui Zhang and Film Dunedin co-ordinator Antony Deaker.
The wives of Mr Cull and Cr Staynes are also travelling with them, but will be paying their own way, as will Cr Staynes.
A council spokesman confirmed on Friday the trip would cost the DCC about $27,000, including flights, accommodation and internal travel.
The delegation aimed to strengthen mutual friendship agreements, as well as business, technology, film and education ties in China, and was longer because of the number of centres and engagements involved, he said.
While in Shanghai and Beijing, the delegation would also mark the 25th anniversary of the Dunedin-Shanghai sister city relationship and the University of Otago's 150th anniversary.