Sister Cities

Bozhou in Anhui Province, China

Bozhou in Anhui Province, China

Sisterhood establishment date: October 2, 2003

City Overview

  • Area : 8,522.58㎢
  • Administrative divisions: 3 counties, 1 district
  • Population : 6.126 million (*Bozhou population: 491,000)
  • Annual average temperature : 14.9℃
  • Average annual precipitation : 831.0㎜

Regional features

  • China's largest medicinal-herb collection hub
  • Hometown of Hua Tuo of Ming, Cao Cao during the Three Kingdoms Period, and of philosophers Zhuang Zhou and Laozi
  • GuJingGong Liquor, one of China's eight most famous liquors, and the largest quantity of meat (beef), are produced in this city.

Nantou Hsien, Taiwan

Nantou Hsien, Taiwan

Sisterhood establishment date: April 20, 1999

City Overview

  • Area : 71.20 ㎢
  • Population : 105,173 (males: 53,648; females: 51,525)
  • Time difference (weather): 1 hour late (temperature: 23℃)
  • Specialties : Rice, tea, sugarcane, tobacco, etc.

Tsao-tun Town, Taiwan

Tsao-tun Town, Taiwan

Sisterhood establishment date: April 20, 1999

City Overview

  • Area : 104.37㎢
  • Population : 98,000
  • Time difference (weather): 1 hour late (temperature: 20℃)
  • Specialties : Rice, tea, sugarcane, tobacco, etc.

Shaoguan City, Guangdong, China

Shaoguan City, Guangdong, China

Sisterhood establishment date: April 26, 2010

City Overview

  • Area : 18,385㎢
  • Location : Northern Guangdong, where three rivers
    (Zhang River, Wu River, and North River) converge
  • Population : 3,250,547 (2010)
  • Administrative divisions: 3 districts, 2 cities, 5 counties

Economic scale (2010)

  • City's gross production: CNY68.31 billion (CNY1=KRW180)
  • Industrial structure: Primary: secondary: tertiary = 15.4: 47.3: 37.3
  • Foreign trade: USD1.571 billion (exports: USD659 million)
  • Industries: A heavy industrial city in Guangdong boasting a good industrial structure (158 domestic companies; 31 companies from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan; and 7 foreign-invested companies)
  • Agriculture: Thanks to its excellent weather conditions, its agricultural production increased to CNY7.37 billion; 7 chemical-free agricultural products and 4 organically farmed products are recognized.
  • Tourism: Posted an annual total tourism revenue of CNY4.064 billion (one of China's 100 most competitive tourist cities).

Tourist Attractions

  • Mount Danxia: Designated as UNESCO world geo-park and located 408m above sea level, Mt. Danxia is among Guangdong's four most famous mountains, along with Mt. Luofu, Mt. Xiqiao, and Mt. Dinghu.
  • Nanhua Temple: One of Guangdong's most famous temples, Nanhua Temple boasts a 1,500-year history; it was where the Buddhist priest Huineng, viewed as the sixth and last patriarch of Chán Buddhism who opened the prime time for Zen in China, entered the Buddhist priesthood, and where his body is enshrined.

Sisterhood Overview

  • Shaoguan City has no sister city, and Wengyuan County,while under the control of the city, formed a sisterhood with Haenam-gun, Jeollanam-do, in October 1999.

Sisterhood History

  • Started as a private-sector economic- and industrial-exchange partner.
  • May 15, 2008: An 11-person delegation led by Shaoguan City's Party Vice Secretary visited Yeongju.
  • Held a meeting to sign a sisterhood agreement.
  • July 2009: A delegation of Yeongju International Exchange Association visited Shaoguan City.
  • Signed a letter of intent for friendship.

Jining in Shandong, China

Jining in Shandong, China

Sisterhood establishment date: September 27, 2010

City Overview

  • Area : 11,000㎢
  • Location : Southwestern Shandong
  • Population : 8.43 million (2012)
  • Administrative divisions : 2 districts, 3 cities, 7 counties
  • Specialties: Rice, tea, sugarcane, tobacco, etc.

Economic scale (2010)

  • City's gross production: CNY254.3 billion (CNY1=KRW180)
  • Industrial struture: Primary: secondary: tertiary = 12.6: 53.3: 34.1
  • Foreign trade: USD4.466 billion (exports: USD2.3 billion)
  • Tourism: Recorded a CNY22.323 billion tourism revenue, attracting 30.2 million domestic and foreign tourists a year

Major Tourist Attractions

  • Jining boasts a 7,000-year history as a civilization, was the hometown of Confucius and Mencius, and is a city known for its people’s courtesy.
  • The birthplace of China's five saints (Confucius, Mencius, Anzi, Zengzi, and Zisi), in spring and autumn, Jining presents Confucius Temple and Confucius Graveyard; Jining earned the name of “the world's prime home.”
  • The city also boasts the world's most fantastic mountain — Yishan, Liangshan (the origin of Water Margin) — and Confucius's birthplace, Mt. Ni.

Local Industries and Resources

  • Wheat, corn, cotton, peanuts, and fruits account for 10% of Shandong's total output.
  • One of the country's eight largest coal bases, boasting abundant mineral resources.

Sisterhood History (Friendship)

  • Qufu and Andong in Gyeonsangbuk-do (October 6, 2001)
  • Zoucheng and Yeoncheon-gun in Gyeonggi-do (March 29, 2004)
  • Jining and Suseong-gu in Daegu (May 18, 2007)
  • Ashikaga in Japan (September 21, 1984)
  • Mulhouse in France (September 11, 1996)
  • Qufu and Davis in the U.S. (November 6, 1993)
  • Qufu and Daku in Japan (November 12, 1993)

Sisterhood History

  • A need to establish friendly relations with Jining, the birthplace of Confucius, arose for the purpose of comparing the scholarly culture of Yeongju with the Confucian culture of Jining.
  • March 17, 2008: Proposed the establishment of friendly relations with Jining.
  • May 14, 2008: Received a positive reply.
  • March 3-6, 2009: Visited Jining to discuss the initiative.
  • Delegation: Cheif delegate Kim Do-hyeong (director of Resident Livelihood Support Bureau) and 2 other officials.
  • Signed a letter of intention to establish friendly relations (March 6).
  • January 20, 2010: Vice Secretary An Jeong Bang and 6 other officials visited Yeongju.
  • Held a prior working meeting for friendship agreement.
  • September 26-28, 2010: Mayor Kim Ju-yeong and 7 other officials visited Jining.
  • Observed the International Confucian Culture Festival and signed a friendship agrement.

Fujinomiya in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Fujinomiya in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Sisterhood establishment date : November 5, 2012

City Overview

  • Area : 388.99㎢(latitudinally,서 20.92km;longitudinally, 32.63km)
  • Location : Western foot of Mt. Fuji in eastern Shizuoka in central Japan
  • Population : 135,826/51,482 households (2012)
  • Weather: Annual average temperature of 15.6℃
  • Administrative organizations: 7 Departments, 50 Divisions, 70 districts
  • Industrial structure: Primary: secondary: tertiary = 4:42: 54
  • Major companies: Japan PLAST, HKS, Asahi Feed, Fuji Film, etc.
  • Rich in tourism resources, including lakes and waterfalls; dairy is flourishing and horseradish is cultivated profusely.
  • The main industries are changing from the pulp to the chemical industry, medical supplies and devices, etc.
  • The transport-machinery-related businesses, chemical industry, and medical-device industry are flourishing.
  • Diary is flourishing, and strawberries are profusely raised; the annual rainbow trout output is the largest in Japan.
  • The southern areas of the city feature public transport agencies, forming a downtown area.
  • Shizuoka's rate of purchasing local products is the largest at 83.0% in Japan.

Major Attractions

  • White-String Waterfalls, one of Japan's top waterfalls
  • Lake Tanuki (racoon dog), known as the Diamond Fuji spot
  • Specialties: Fujinomiya yakisoba (fried wheat noodles), rainbow trout, etc.

Sisterhood Overview

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Sisterhood History

  • In June 1999, Japan-Korea Excxhange Association chairman Hara Akira visited Yeongju, starting exchanges.
  • When Yeongju attended the 25th Fuji Mountain Cup Youth Football Championship, it discussed friendship exchanges with Fuji at Fujinomiya City Hall (August 2010).