Zhuhai has established sister-city relations with 12 foreign cities since 1987, including Surrey (Canada), Redwood City (United States), Castelo Branco (Portugal), Atami (Japan), Suwon (South Korea), Vitoria (Brazil), Gavle (Sweden), Braunschweig (Germany), Zhukovsky (Russia), Gold Coast (Australia), Portsmouth (Britain) and Gwadar (Pakistan).
Sister cities of Zhuhai
Relationship established: July 8, 1987
Overview: Surrey is advanced in its traffic network, steel and manufacturing, and food processing. Education, medical care and hi-tech industries uphold the economy.
Redwood City, USA
Relationship established: October 11, 1993
Overview: The primary industry of Redwood City is software. Software companies account for half of the employed population. It is home to Oracle and DHL.
Castelo Branco, Portugal
Relationship established: September 29, 1994
Overview: Agriculture plays a primary role in Castelo Branco’s economy, while the pillar is tertiary industry. Transportation, business travel, finance and insurance are prominent.
Relationship established: July 25, 2004
Overview: Atami, which means “hot ocean,” is famous for hot springs and spas, its beach and boardwalk, and as a winter resort in eastern Shizouka prefecture, Japan.
Suwon, South Korea
Relationship established: August 23, 2006
Overview: Suwon is the capital of Gyeonggi province in South Korea. The city has history and culture, advanced science and technology, and is home to Samsung and SK.
Relationship established: June 24, 2010
Overview: Victoria, a historic port city of incomparable beauty, has 34 islands and is the largest producer of iron ore in Brazil. It also provides services to business tourism.
Relationship established: August 10, 2010
Overview: Gavle is an important harbor and livable city in Sweden. Founded in 1446, it is famous as the “Capital of the European Geographical Information Industry.”
Relationship established: June 1, 2011
Overview: Braunschweig was a metropolis in medieval Germany. It is now a transportation hub for Berlin and Hamburg, and a center of scientific research.
Relationship established: August 27, 2012
Overview: The city’s namesake, Nikolay Zhukovsky, was the founding father of modern aero- and hydrodynamic sciences. It has major facilities for testing and designing Russian aircraft.
Gold Coast, Australia
Relationship established: November 16, 2012
Overview: Gold Coast is a major tourist city and film production center in Australia, noted for sunny climate, surfing and nightlife. It will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Relationship established: March 25, 2014
Overview: Portsmouth is known as “Hometown of the Royal Marines.” The busiest naval base, cruise ship and ferry port in the United Kingdom, it is a transportation hub for Europe.
Relationship established: April 20, 2015
Overview: Formerly dependent upon fishing, Gwadar is being transformed into a major port city with improved communication links with the rest of Pakistan.
1. Zhuhai values city-to-city exchanges
Zhuhai’s sister cities are in Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Oceania. Through them, Zhuhai has a myriad of opportunities to enhance international cooperation. As Qiu Shan, director of the International Economic Research Institute at the Guangdong Academy of Social Sciences, notes, city-to-city exchanges are important to Zhuhai as a supporting city to the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road.
2. Sister cities share a lot in common
Surrey, the first one, is located near the Canada-America border. Famous, as is Zhuhai, for parks and green space, it is known as a “Garden City.” After Surrey, a quartet of famous tourist cities is formed by Zhuhai, Gavle, Gold Coast, and Atami. Portsmouth’s similarities extend to a group of colleges, universities and vocational schools.
In addition, Portsmouth has long experience with the International Kite Festival, Marine Festival, Volvo Ocean Race and Half-Marathon, whereas Zhuhai is fledgling host to a Half-Marathon and Ocean International Music Festival. Likewise, the young city of Zhuhai is building hi-tech industry while many of the sister cities are well developed in high technology. For example, Suwon is the headquarters of Samsung, whereas Zhukovsky has a world-leading Aerospace Research Center and hosts the Russian Aviation & Space Salon.
“Generally, the sister-city relations are based on similarity of development and resources. Zhuhai has a lot in common with its friends,” said Peng Peng, vice chairman of the Experts Committee at China’s South Non-Governmental Think-Tank. City-to-city cooperation is extended to enterprises, institutions, and social organizations.
3. Sister cities promote each other
“Zhuhai aims to be an international livable city,” stated Qiu Shan. “This requires certain international clout, not only in economic support, but also cultural and social exchanges. City-to-city friendship will benefit it.” In cooperation with sister-city relationships, Zhuhai clearly is garnering substantial international influence.