Office of Intergovernmental Relations
600 Fourth Avenue, 5th Floor
P.O. Box 94746
Seattle, WA 98124-4746
Seattle International Sister City:
Urban population is 5.1 million with a total population of 33 million
Language: Mandarin, Sichuan dialect
Industry : Aluminum, Machinery, Chemicals, Trucks and Motorcycles, Textiles
Exports: Silk, Textiles, Grains, citrus, tea, Machinery, Chemicals
Climate: Subtropical with hot, humid summers and mild winters
Chongqing (formerly Chungking) is the commercial, industrial and transportation hub of Southwest China. It is a key inland port located on the Yangtze River in mountainous Sichuan Province. More than 14 million people live in Chongqing's massive jurisdictional area of 3,783 square miles. The core city of 6 million people is the industrial and commercial hub for the Municipality of Chongqing, a province-level jurisdiction (about the size of Maine) that extends eastward to the fabled Three Gorges of the Yangtze and encompasses a population of 32 million.
In addition to its rapidly developing industries, Chongqing takes pride in its many universities and technical schools, including the renowned Sichuan Fine Arts Academy. The city also is the take-off point for cruises through the spectacular gorges of the Yangtze River and excursions to the remarkable Song Dynasty Buddhist stone carvings at Dazu.
Seattle and Chongqing have conducted over 200 exchanges in education, the arts, government, trade, medicine and science since establishing sister city ties in 1983. The Woodland Park Zoo and the University of Washington's Burke Museum have ongoing affiliations and exchanges with sister institutions in Chongqing. Seattle's Sealth High School is paired with Chongqing's Nankai School, and the two schools have jointly conducted an environmental exchange program focused on water quality.
Both the Youth Acrobatic Troupe and the Peking Opera Troupe of Chongqing have delighted audiences at the Seattle International Children's Festival. Educational and cultural programs for youth are an increasingly important focus of activity. Planning is moving rapidly forward in one of the most exciting exchange projects — the Seattle Chinese Garden, a five-acre traditional garden of pavilions, pagodas, ponds, and lush greenery that will be a jewel among Seattle's parks.
City of Chongqing Web Site (Chinese)
City of Chongqing Web Site (English)
Sister City Association Contact Info:
Chongqing – R. Scott Heinlein, President
Web Site: http://www.scsca.org