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Date of Sisterhood Contract
May 16, 2018
People's Republic of China
Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu Province in East China, running through the city are lower reaches of the Yangtze River whose estuary is not far away. Nanjing enjoys a civilization of over 6000 years and the city itself was founded 2500 years ago. Enclosed by mountains and rivers, and located in a strategic place, it boasts picturesque scenery that blends natural landscape with towering modern buildings, integrating traditional styles with modern civilization. Thus it was known as a unique historic and cultural city to the world.
A Historic City
As one of the Four Ancient Capitals, Nanjing is a vital cradle of Chinese civilization and over a long stretch of time, it has been the political and cultural pivot of South China, thus dubbed as the Capital of Ten Ancient Dynasties, rich in both cultural heritage and historical relics. Among the landmarks of Nanjing there are the City Wall, the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Presidential Palace and Confucius Temple.
A Creative City
Over the thousands of years of its development, Nanjing has never been want of creative innovations, ranging from Mr. Zu Chongzhi’s (Jin Dynasty, 429-500 AD) modified calendar and calculated 7 decimals of the ratio of circumference Pi, the marvelous Great Gratitude Temple built in the Ming Dynasty, Laomendong (literally means the old east gate) historic and cultural district with distinct Nanjing characteristics, to the Creative Nanjing-New Generation Design Exhibition that engages the whole city. Nanjing has become a paradise for young entrepreneurs coming from different corners of the world with their aspirations. The 2500 years of cultural legend has contributed to the essence of this creative city.
A Dynamic City
On the evening of August 16, 2014, II Summer Youth Olympic Games made its debut in the resonating anthem Light up the Future. During the 12 days, over 3700 young athletes from the five continents challenged themselves in the arena in pursuit of excellence, and meanwhile, they also gained better understanding and friendship with each other in the cultural sports event.
Nanjing the ancient city has been dynamized by the vigour and passion of Youth Olympic Games.
A City with Youthful Vigour
A Better Nanjing after the Youth Olympic
With Elegant Clouds, Beautiful City as its cultural theme, Nanjing Week opens another window to the world for Nanjing.
Following the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, the ancient yet vigorous city is bound to amaze the world once more.
Weimar - Germany
Date of Sistercity Contract
February 11, 2009
Weimar is a city in the federal state of Thuringia, Germany. It is located between Erfurt in the west and Jena in the east, approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Leipzig, 170 kilometers (106 miles) north of Nuremberg and 170 kilometers (106 miles) west of Dresden. Together with the neighbour-cities Erfurt and Jena it forms the central metropolitan area of Thuringia with approximately 500,000 inhabitants, whereas the city itself counts a population of 65,000. Weimar is well known because of its large cultural heritage and its importance in German history.
The city was a focal point of the German Enlightenment and home of the leading characters of the literary genre of Weimar Classicism, the writers Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller. In the 19th century, famous composers like Franz Liszt made a music center of Weimar and later, artists and architects like Henry van de Velde, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger and Walter Gropius came to the city and founded the Bauhaus movement, the most important German design school of the interwar period. However, the political history of 20th-century Weimar was inconsistent: it was the place where Germany's first democratic constitution was signed after the First World War, giving its name to the Weimar Republic period in German politics (1918–33), as well as one of the cities mythologized by the National Socialist propaganda.
Until 1948, Weimar was the capital of Thuringia. Today, many places in the city center have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites (either as part of the Weimar Classicism complex or as part of the Bauhaus complex) and tourism is one of the leading economic sectors of Weimar. Relevant institutions in Weimar are the Bauhaus University, the Liszt School of Music, the Duchess Anna Amalia Library and two leading courts of Thuringia (Supreme Administrative Court and Constitutional Court). In 1999, Weimar was the European Capital of Culture.
Weimar main attractions
Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek
Haus Hohe Pappeln
Haus am Horn
Park an der Ilm
Pecs - Hungary
Date of Sistercity Contract
May 9, 2016
Pécs is the fifth largest city of Hungary, located on the slopes of the Mecsek mountains in the south-west of the country, close to its border with Croatia. It is the administrative and economic centre of Baranya County. Pécs is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pécs.
The city Sopianae was founded by Romans at the beginning of the 2nd century, in an area peopled by Celts and Pannoni tribes. By the 4th century, it became the capital of Valeria province and a significant early Christian center. The early Christian necropolis is from this era which became an UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 2000.
Its episcopate was founded in 1009 by Stephen I, and the first university in Hungary was founded in Pécs in 1367 by Louis I the Great. (The largest university still resides in Pécs with about 34,000 students). Pécs was formed into one of the cultural and arts center of the country by bishop Janus Pannonius, great humanist poet. Pécs has a rich heritage from the age of a 150-year-long Ottoman occupation, like the mosque of Pasha Qasim the Victorious on Széchenyi square.
Pécs always was a multicultural city where many cultural layers are encrusted melting different values of the history of two thousand years. Hungarians, Croatians and Swabians still live in peace together in economic and cultural polarity. In 1998 Pécs was given the UNESCO prize Cities for peace for maintaining the cultures of the minorities, and also for its tolerant and helping attitude toward refugees of the Yugoslav Wars. In 2007 Pécs was third, in 2008 it was second Livable city (The LivCom Awards) in the category of cities between 75,000 and 200,000 inhabitants.
In 2010, Pécs was selected to be the European Capital of Culture sharing the title together with Essen and Istanbul. The city's motto is: "The Borderless City". After receiving the title major renewal started in the city. Renewed public places, streets, squares and neighbourhoods, new cultural centers, a concert hall, a new library and center and a cultural quarter were designed.
Zsolnay Cultural Quarter
Victor Vasarely Museum
Modern Hungarian Gallery
Basilica of St Peter (church)
Zsolnay Porcelain Museum
All Saints’ Church
Early Christian Tomb Chapel
Hassan Jakovali Mosque
Garden of Ruins (sacred site)
Roman Tomb Sites
Ferenc Martyn Museum
Nicosia - Cyprus
Date of Sistercity Contract
November 13, 1999
Republic of Cyprus
Nicosia is the largest city on the island of Cyprus. It is located near the centre of the Mesaoria plain, on the banks of the River Pedieos.
Nicosia is the capital and seat of government of the Republic of Cyprus, and as such is the farthest southeast of all EU member states' capitals. It has been continuously inhabited for over 4,500 years and has been the capital of Cyprus since the 10th century. Nicosia was divided into the southern Greek Cypriot and the northern Turkish Cypriot parts in 1963, following the intercommunal violence that broke out in the city. Today, the northern part of the city is the capital of Northern Cyprus, a de facto state that is considered to be occupied Cypriot territory by the international community.
Apart from its legislative and administrative functions, Nicosia has established itself as the island's financial capital and its main international business centre. In 2012, Nicosia was the 5th richest city in the world in relative purchasing power.
AG Leventis Gallery
Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre
Leventis Municipal Museum
House of Hatzigeorgakis Kornesios
Makarios Cultural Foundation
Monastery of Agios Irakleidios
Shacolas Tower Observatory
Pancyprian Gymnasium Museums
National Struggle Museum
State Gallery of Cypriot Contemporary Art
Chrysaliniotissa Crafts Centre
Cyprus Classic Motorcycle Museum
Chongqing - China
Date of Sistercity Contract
September 13, 2005
People's Republic of China
Chongqing, formerly transliterated as Chungking, is a major city in Southwest China and one of the Five national central cities in China. Administratively, it is one of China's four direct-controlled municipalities (the other three are Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin), and the only such municipality in inland China.
The municipality was created on 14 March 1997, succeeding the sub-provincial city administration that was part of Sichuan Province. Chongqing's population as of 2015 is just over 30 million with an urban population of 18.38 million. Of these, approximately 8.5 million people live in Chongqing city proper; Fuling District, Wanzhou District and Qianjiang District are in fact cities in their own right, and along with the city proper constitute a metropolitan area. According to the 2010 census, Chongqing is the most populous Chinese municipality, and also the largest direct-controlled municipality in China, and comprises 26 districts, 8 counties, and 4 autonomous counties.
The official abbreviation of the city, Yu (渝), was approved by the State Council on 18 April 1997. This abbreviation is derived from the old name of a part of the Jialing River that runs through Chongqing and feeds into the Yangtze River. Chongqing was also a Sichuan province municipality during the Republic of China (ROC) administration, serving as its wartime capital during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945).
Chongqing has a significant history and culture and serves as the economic centre of the upstream Yangtze basin. It is a major manufacturing centre and transportation hub; a July 2012 report by the Economist Intelligence Unit described it as one of China's "13 emerging megacities".
· Cíqìkǒu Ancient Town
· Húguǎng Guild Hall
· Luóhàn Temple
· Chóngqìng Ancient City Gates
· Hóngyá Cave
· Three Gorges Museum
· Pípá Mountain Park
· Bǎolún Sì
· Liberation Monument
· Dōngshuǐ Mén
· Tōngyuàn Mèn
Dushanbe - Tajikistan
February 16, 1992
Date of Sistercity Contract
Dushanbe is the capital and largest city of Tajikistan. Dushanbe means Monday in the Tajik language. It was so named because it grew from a village that originally had a popular market on Mondays. Until 1929, the city was known in Russian as Dyushambe , and from 1929 to 1961 as Stalinabad . As of 2014, Dushanbe had a population of 778,500.
Situated at the confluence of two rivers, Varzob and Kofarnihon, Dushanbe is the capital of Tajikistan. Although archaeological remnants dating to the 5th century BC have been discovered in the area, there is little to suggest that Dushanbe was more than a small village until the early 20th century.
The first written mention of the village of Dushanbe occurred in 1676. It was at the crossroads, where a large bazaar occurred on Mondays, hence the name Dushanbe-Bazar (Tajik: Душанбе Бозор, Dushanbe Bozor) from Dushanbe, which means Monday in the Persian language. In the village, there were more than 500 households and a population of about 8,000 people.
By 1826, the town was called Dushanbe Qurghan (Tajik: Душанбе Қурғон, Dushanbe Qurghon, with the suffix qurƣon from Turkic qurğan, meaning "fortress") Russified as Dyushambe (Дюшамбе). The first map showing Dyushambe was drafted in 1875. At that time, the town was a fortress on a steep bank on the left bank of the Varzob River with 10,000 residents.
In 1920, the last Emir of Bukhara briefly took refuge in Dyushambe after being overthrown by the Bolshevik revolution. He fled to Afghanistan after the Red Army conquered the area the next year. At the beginning of 1922, the town was taken by Basmachi troops led Enver Pasha, but on 14 July 1922 again came under the power of the Bolsheviks and was proclaimed the capital of the Tajik Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic as a part of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic in 1924.
A Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic separate from the Uzbek SSR was created in 1929, and its capital Dyumshambe was renamed Stalinabad (Russian: Сталинабад; Tajik: Сталинобод Stalinobod) for Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin on 16 October 1929. In the years that followed, the city developed at a rapid pace.
The Soviets transformed the area into a centre for cotton and silk production, and tens of thousands of people relocated to the city. The population also increased with thousands of Tajiks migrating to Tajikistan following the transfer of Bukhara and Samarkand to the Uzbek SSR as part of national delimitation in Central Asia.
On 10 November 1961, Stalinabad was renamed Dushanbe, the name it retains to this day.
Severe rioting occurred in February 1990, after it was rumored that the Soviet government planned to relocate tens of thousands of Armenian refugees to Tajikistan. The Dushanbe riots were primarily fueled by concerns about housing shortages for the Tajik population, but they coincided with a wave of nationalist unrest that swept Transcaucasia and other Central Asian states during the twilight of Gorbachev's era.
National Museum of Antiquities of Tajikistan
Statue of Ismoil Somoni
Writers’ Union Building
World's Biggest Teahouse