• Hamburg

    Hamburg is known as Germany’s media capital. About 70,000 people work in the city’s media sector. Numerous public relations and advertising companies, the public-service broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk and large publishing houses like Gruner+Jahr and Spiegel-Verlag are located there. The Hanseatic town has 1.8 million residents, which makes it the second biggest city in Germany. Part of Hamburg’s charm is due to its multiculturalism. It is home to over 250,000 immigrants, the biggest groups being originally from Turkey, Poland and Afghanistan. Also due to its diversity and complexity, it is one of Germany’s most popular foreign and domestic tourist destinations: It offers a long history, many entertainment possibilities and sports as well as the liveliness of a harbor city. The port of Hamburg, located at the River Elbe, is Hamburg's “Gateway to the World". It links the city to about 900 ports in over 170 countries. The international flair and broad music scene that ranges from electronic music, Rock, Indie, to Folk or Opera has attracted artists for decades – for example the young Beatles in the 1960s who played their first gigs at the red light district and party mile around famous street “Reeperbahn” in St. Pauli. Visit Hamburg online: http://www.hamburg.de.

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  • Chicago

    2.8 Million people live in Chicago, the metropolis located at Lake Michigan in Illinois U.S.A., which makes it America’s third largest city in population. Similar to Shanghai, Chicago is well known for its impressive skyline and modern architecture. Cultural highlights are the Art Institute, which contains one of the largest collections of impressionists, the vast Museum of Science and Industry, and music, of course: Not only is it home to the world famous Chicago Symphony Orchestra, but artists in Chicago also have greatly contributed to developing jazz, soul and blues and to creating house music. Like the other sister cities, Chicago plays an important role for the national economic and financial sector. The local economy’s most important sector is the service industries. Chicago has 26 sister cities. Since 1985, it has partnership ties to Shanghai, since 1994 to Hamburg. One reason for the latter is that there is a big German community in Chicago. Almost half a million of its residents have German roots. There are German festivities as well as almost 80 German-American associations, German restaurants and the weekly German-language newspaper “Amerika Woche” (America Week). Visit Chicago online: http://www.cityofchicago.org

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  • Shanghai

    Among the four sister cities, Shanghai is the largest, being also one of the world’s fastest-growing cities. More than 24 million people live in East China’s pulsing metropolis that has become the industry, international trade and financial center. About one fifth of China’s gross national product is made by Shanghai’s economy. The “City of the Sea”, as it is called in Chinese, is located in the Yangtze River Delta, which is leading into the Pacific Ocean. It has the world biggest container harbor. Shanghai is breathtaking, not only because of the smog that hangs over it most of the time, but also because of the view its skyline offers, particularly by night. High glassy skyscrapers are probably the most noticeable architectural features, but it also has a variety of different styles ranging from colonial, Art Deco to new eccentric architecture. This paradox mixture of modern and traditional elements can also be found in Shanghai’s diverse culture. Here, all ethnic groups of China are gathered. Shanghai is known for its international character and is home to many immigrants, foremost Japanese, Americans and Koreans. Shanghai has sister city ties to Chicago (1985), Hamburg (1986) and St. Petersburg (1988). Visit Shanghai online: http://www.shanghai.gov.cn

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  • St. Petersburg

    St. Petersburg stands for majestic buildings, broad boulevards and a web of elegant canals. For today’s visitors it might be difficult to imagine that, where nowadays is a magnificent city, about three hundred years ago there was nothing but swampland. Czar Peter the Great founded the city he is said to have called "his paradise” in 1703 on a swamp, which had to be covered with firm ground. Today, St. Petersburg is the second biggest city in Russia and the fifth biggest city in Europe. It is home to about five million people. Located at the Baltic Sea, it is one of Russia’s most important harbor cities. “Piter“ (pronounced „Peter“), as the Russians call the Northern metropolis, is also known as Russia’s cultural capital: It has more than 200 museums, 80 theaters and 100 concert houses. Famous tourist attractions are the Hermitage, an art museum located in the mint green “Winter Palace”, and the Mariinsky Theatre. Not cultural grandeur alone, but also cultural edginess – in the form of small alternative art galleries, underground bands and clubs – is part of St. Petersburg’s charm. St. Petersburg is Hamburg’s first sister city (since 1957) and has also a city partnership with Shanghai (since 1988). For more information (in Russian) visit St. Petersburg online: http://eng.gov.spb.ru

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