Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Know Your Chinese Sister, Fellow Seattleites: Sister City Chongqing, That Is

This talks about Seattle's Sister Cities in China. - - Donna Poisl

By Wendy Liu

You’ve probably heard China sometimes described in American terms, or place names. Shanghai’s financial district is, for instance, China’s Manhattan, and Tsinghua University, China’s MIT. Here is another one: Chicago on the Yangtze. Do you know, my fellow Seattleites, which city is this Chinese Chicago? Well, it is none other than our sister city Chongqing, according to Christina Larson, Foreign Policy magazine editor and journalist with extensive reportage from western China.

Larson may have her reasons to call Chongqing China’s Chicago, but Chongqing is really like no other city, American or Chinese. As one of China’s four special municipalities after only Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, with a population of 32 million, Chongqing is southwest China’s commercial, manufacturing and transportation hub, gateway to world-famous Three Gorges, and with strong historical ties to America.
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