Dr Lin Xiao, principal investigator of Newton Advanced Fellowship, funded by the British Academy Newton Fund and the Chinese Academy of Social Science, (CASS) led a delegation of five early career researchers on their first visit the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University and to Wales in October 2016. The two-week long visit marked the beginning of new collaborations between social scientists in Cardiff and CASS. Research themes explored include social policy, welfare improvement, local governance and community development. During their visit, the CASS team met with many researchers in various research institutes and centres associated with the School of Social Sciences as well as the Welsh Parliament and community groups.