After a 2010 delegation from Victoria visited Changsha, China, the two cities have signed a formal friendship agreement.
In April last year, local politicians and representatives from business and the University of Victoria travelled to the northeastern city.
On Dec. 2, City Hall hosted a friendship-signing ceremony.
A friendship city is less formal than a twin city relationship. Its goal is to lay the foundation of goodwill and exchange.
"Our new friendship status with Changsha will bring many benefits to all of us," said mayor Dean Fortin.
Already, a new MBA executive program for Changsha students is underway at UVic.