Pat Ledwidge, Cork City Council, with Zhang Tiefei, entrepreneur;  Wang Guangshan, director of the Didang sub-district office, Yucheng district in Shaoxing city;  Zhao Dingguo, Shaoxing Hi-tech Zone;  Mao Qinlag, Shaoxing City Management Law Enforcement Bureau, Economic Development branch;  Zhou Tan, Shaoxing Hi-tech Zone; and interpreter  Linlin Yu. Photograph: John Roche Photography: Tourism Ireland

Shaoxing, a winemaking city in the eastern province of Zhejiang, is one of China’s boom towns right now and a delegation of investors and entre(...)