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Partner Cities Map Kaohsiung Nice Dresden La Serena Luang Prabang Brno Victoria Tsukuba Algiers Ulaanbaatar Wuhan Jinan Qingdao Tangerang Selatan Frankfurt Firenze Kharkiv Hefei Granada HungYen Province Montevideo Livreville Konya Xian Taiwan / Kaohsiung France / Nice Germany / Dresden Chile / La Serena Laos / Luang Prabang Czech Republic / Brno Seychelles / Victoria Japan / Tsukuba Algeria / Algiers Mongolia / Ulaanbaatar China / Wuhan China / Jinan China / Qingdao Indonesia / Tangerang Selatan Germany / Frankfurt Italy / Firenze Ukraine / Kharkiv China / Hefei Spain / Granada Vietnam / HungYen Province Uruguay / Montevideo Gabon / Libreville Turkey - Konya China / Xiane



Kaohsiung, in southwestern Taiwan, is the island's second largest city and an important port for international ocean freight. The urban center has an impressive skyline, including the 85-story Sky Tower and the 50-story World Trade Center. Kaohsiung is a major industrial center of Taiwan, with steelworks, shipyards, petrochemical complexes and numerous factories. Kaohsiung is served by an international airport and the Sun Yat-sen Freeway.

Nice Côte d’Azur Métropole (France)


Métropole Nice Côte d'Azur is the métropole centred on the city of Nice, located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, southeastern France. For over 150 years, Nice’s climate and light have attracted residents and artists from around the world. Its cultural heritage bears witness to the unique diversity of various epochs, spanning from classical to contemporary. The city and its surrounding region also possess a very large number of foundations, museums, and galleries—second only to Paris. In addition, Sofia Antipolis, one of Europe's largest high-tech parks, is located.



Home of major basic science institutes (Max Planck Institute, Fraunhofer Institute, Leibniz Institute), Germany’s leading city in information communications and nanomaterials technology, and world leader in solar power technology. Located in southeast Germany, Dresden is an economic, transportation and cultural center. Its best-developed industries include aircraft manufacturing, precision optics, machinery, chemistry and tobacco. Dresden porcelain is also celebrated and well known. In addition to TU Dresden, the city’s engineering university founded in 1875, it has colleges in the plastic arts, music, transportation and medicine as well as various museums, broadcast stations, libraries and other cultural facilities.

La Serena(Chile)


La Serena is a city and commune in northern Chile on a 15 km stretch of beach in the Coquimbo region. The ancient city was built in 1544, and it was here that Chilean independence was proclaimed in 1818. It is known as one of the most beautiful cities in Chile, and has many colonial-era buildings, vocational colleges, museums, parks and Catholic churches. Serena is a center for agriculture and dairy farming, and major products include fruits, vegetables and hay. The coastal areas are popular vacation spots teeming with tourists in the summer.

Luang Prabang(Laos)


Luang Prabang is the capital of its namesake province on the banks of the Mekong River in northwestern Laos. The entire city was named a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1995 for its exquisite combination of traditional Southeast Asian architecture and French colonial architecture from the 19th to 20th centuries.

Brno(Czech Republic)


Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic after Prague, and the largest in the Moravia region. Brno is the former capital of Moravia and currently the regional capital of South Moravia, and is the political and cultural heart of the region. It is home to the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court of the Czech Republic and is a key Czech city for higher education. The past meets the future in Brno, where visitors will find various historical sites, including Špilberk Castle and the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul alongside cutting-edge science and technology institutes.



The Seychelles are an island nation northeast of Madagascar in the western Indian Ocean of Africa. The islands were formally annexed to France in the mid-18th century, then ceded to Great Britain by the Treaty of Paris in 1814. They were administered as a dependency of Mauritius until 1903, when they became a separate British crown colony. Independence was declared in June 1976. Victoria is the capital and largest city of the Seychelles. Victoria is located on the island of Mahé, with a population of 26,450 (2010), which is equal to a quarter of the national population.



Tsukuba is a satellite city of Tokyo and was given the designation “Special City” on April 1, 2007. Tsukuba is the location of Tsukuba Science City, a planned science park developed as part of a national project. Tsukuba can be divided into the “Science City” in the east that stretches north to south, and the “Surrounding Development Zone.” In this zone, new town developments are in progress around stations on the Tsukuba Express Line. Tsukuba is a noted global academic and R&D city. A high percentage of the population holds doctoral degrees (approximately 5,600 Ph.Ds.), and there are approximately 300 R&D institutes and enterprises with around 13,000 researchers.



Algiers is the most populous province of Algeria. Greater Algiers is a metropolis that has developed around the port city of Algiers. Major exports include wine, fruit, cork and olives, and key imports are coal, metals, machinery and foodstuffs. Food products, cement, chemicals, machinery and electrical industries are well-developed around the port of Algiers. The city was invaded by France in 1830 and was a center of French colonial rule.



Ulaanbaatar is the capital, largest city, and political, administrative, economic and social center of Mongolia. The city is located in a basin on the banks of the Tuul River, which flows through the middle of the country, and has prospered since the 18th century through intermediary trade between Russia and Qing China. Ulaanbaatar is the only city in Mongolia with a population exceeding 500,000, and is the center of the country in all aspects, including politics, society and economy.



Wuhan is a transportation center with access to the sea, river, rail and road. For this reason, Wuhan has long been a gathering point for produce from around the midstream section of the Yangtze River and western and southwestern China, notably manufactured goods, tea, cotton, silk, wood and tung oil. The steelworks of Wuhan are crucial to the region’s chemical, fertilizer, electrical, facilities, glass, agricultural machinery, rolling stock and truck manufacturing industries. Older industries include rice polishing, oil extraction, milling, and cotton and silk fabric production.



Jinan is located in central Shandong Province and boasts about 2,600 years of history. The name “Jinan,” which the city has been called since Han China, means “south of the Yellow River.” The city has rich farmland stretching from the Yellow River to the north to Mt. Tai in the south. Jinan is a major metropolis with a population of 6.94 million. Jinan became the provincial capital of Shandong during Ming China, and its modern growth began when the Yellow River shifted its course from the former Ji River to the present day Yellow River in 1852. A rail link from Jinan to Qingdao was completed in 1904, and since then Jinan has become an important transportation center.



Qingdao, located on the southern coast of the Shandong Peninsula at the mouth of Jiaozhou Bay, has one of the best natural harbors in northern China. Qingdao was occupied by Japan from 1938 to 1945, and the region saw considerable industrial growth then. It is commonly referred to as “Europe in China,” the most beautiful coastal city in the country. Key tourism attractions of Qingdao include Mt. Laoshan, towering by the sea, and the Qingdao Brewery, which began producing the city’s namesake beer during the short German occupation. It also hosted yacht races for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

Tangerang Selatan(Indonesia)


Tangerang Selatan is a city in the province of Banten, Indonesia with a population of 1,436,187 (as of 2014) in an area of 147.19 km2, and a population density of 9,800 persons/km2. Tangerang Selatan is a city of science and education, with the Center for Research of Science and Technology (PUSPIPTEK).



Frankfurt is a city in the state of Hessen in central Germany. The city’s official name is Frankfurt am Main. Frankfurt is central to the German economy, and is called the economic and financial capital of Germany. The city has Germany’s largest stock exchange, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, and the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB). Frankfurt is also a city of arts and culture, with many museums and historical buildings. It was the birthplace and stage of the great German writer Goethe.



Firenze is located in central Italy, 233 km northwest of Rome. The city occupies a broad basin and an alluvial plain on the banks of the Arno River. Firenze (or Florence) was where the Renaissance started. Its population as of 2020 is approximately 370,000, but the greater Firenze area, which links the Florence-Prato-Pistoia basin, has around 1.5 million people. The city sits at a strategic point linking southern Italy to the north, straddling the Autostrada (Motorway 1) and rail lines heading from north to south.



Kharkiv is the capital city of Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine. It is an important rail and road transportation hub at the southern edge of the central Russian hills and the confluence of three tributaries of the Donets River. Kharkiv was founded as a fortress in 1654 and grew thanks to new rail connections and factory construction during the industrialization of southern Russia between 1860 and 1890. The name Kharkiv comes from the name of the first people who migrated to the city. Kharkiv is the largest transportation center in the Ukraine and is a city that developed in the late 19th century with the coal and metallurgy industries. Currently, the city’s key industries include machinery, food products, chemicals and building materials. Culture is an important aspect of Kharkiv, which has a number of history and art museums.



Hefei is the capital city and political, economic and cultural center of the Chinese province of Anhui. A coal-fired thermal power plant was built here in the early 1950s, followed by a spinning mill in 1958. The late 1950s saw the development of general steelworks as well. Hefei is a city with advanced light industry and has a number of tool and agricultural machinery factories. There are two general universities in the city, one of which is the Hefei University of Technology (the Chinese equivalent of KAIST).



Granada is a city in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain, at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains and the confluence of four rivers. Granada is 738 m above sea level, but is only an hour's drive from the Mediterranean. Granada is a popular tourist destination, with a wealth of cultural sites including the Alhambra, a palace built by the Moors during southern Spain’s Muslim occupation. Granada was the site of the final battle of the war to return Spain to Christian rule in 1492. With the capitulation of Granada, 800 years of Muslim rule over the Iberian Peninsula ended.

Hung Yen Province(Vietnam)


Hung Yen is a key province of the Red River Delta with rich granaries, serving as the western gateway to Hanoi in the north of Vietnam. It is part of the Red River Delta, one of the eight regions that categorizes Vietnam by topography. Due to its location in the Red River Delta, with fertile land, well-maintained irrigation facilities, and abundant labor, rice farming is a major industry in Hung Yen, and most of the rice produced is exported.



Montevideo is the capital and largest city of Uruguay. Montevideo is situated on the southern coast of the country, on the northeastern bank of the Río de la Plata.
In 2018, it was classified as a beta global city ranking eighth in Latin America and 84th in the world. Montevideo hosted every match during the first FIFA World Cup, in 1930. Described as a "vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life", and "a thriving tech center and entrepreneurial culture", Montevideo ranked eighth in Latin America on the 2013 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index.



Libreville is the capital and largest city of Gabon. Occupying 65 square kilometres (25 sq mi) in the northwestern province of Estuaire, Libreville is a port on the Komo River, near the Gulf of Guinea.
The area has been inhabited by the Mpongwe people since before the French acquired the land in 1839. It was later an American Christian mission, and a slave resettlement site, before becoming the chief port of the colony of French Equatorial Africa. By the time of Gabonese independence in 1960, the city was a trading post and minor administrative centre with a population of 32,000. Since 1960, Libreville has grown rapidly and now is home to one-third of the national population.



Konya, fruit of ten thousand-year experience of humankind, has the largest surface area and is the 7th most crowded city in Türkiye. Consisting of 31 districts, Konya has more than 2 million residents.
Konya, besides being one of the most economically developed cities of Türkiye, is of capital importance with its historical and natural richness as well. It is an outdoor museum with artefacts and buildings of twelve civilizations, and builds up its future by protecting the history with respect in modernization and infrastructure works.
Konya takes the lead among cities with sports friendly infrastructure, having the longest bicycle roads, thanks to the investments it has made in sports.
UNESCO inscribes Çatalhöyük, one of the oldest civilization sites with 9400 years of history, as World Heritage. Konya has been playing a central role of being a cradle for many civilizations throughout its history. Therefore, Konya has been home of many scholars and pioneers during this rich history. Rumi who is one of these important figures and symbol of love and tolerance lived in Konya at 12th century.
Konya has more than 60 sister cities all over the world.



Xian is located in Shanxi Province, China's kwanjoong plain, and has an area of 10,752㎢ and a resident population of 13 million. Currently, it is the third city after Beijing and Shanghai to aim for the construction of internationalized metropolitan city at the national level. Xian is carrying out many national projects such as the construction of national central city, inland reform and opening, national independence demonstration and free trade demonstration zones.
In terms of geography, the average distance to the Chinese metropolitan area is the shortest as a transportation hub in central and western China, so it can travel to 85% of all regions of China within two hours by high-speed rail and flight. In terms of industry, it is an important hub city for the national aerospace industry, electronic information and high-tech equipment manufacturing, and in terms of education and manpower, it has the largest population with university density and higher education in China, and one of China's top five education and science research centers. Xian houses 460 scientific research institutes and 3 million excellent researchers. In terms of cultural tourism, it is famous as the most visited tourist destination with an oriental beauty as the remaining of China's 13th dynasty, and is called China's Natural History Museum with six World Heritage Sites and 131 museums.