2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Award Winners Announced!


Sister Cities International is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Awards. The Awards recognize the accomplishments of outstanding U.S.-China sister city programs and their contribution in building strong people-to-people ties between the two countries.

They are awarded in several categories including Best Overall, Longest Relationship, Community Involvement, Youth, Arts & Culture, Economic Development & Trade, Most Innovative, and Outstanding Individuals. Award winners will be honored at a special Awards Ceremony on March 27 during the 2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference, in Washington, D.C.

The Conference, jointly hosted by Sister Cities International and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, will bring together hundreds of business leaders, government officials, and citizen diplomats from the U.S. and China. Conference sessions will provide exciting opportunities for U.S. and Chinese cities to learn about strengthening exchanges and business engagement through informative sessions from industry leaders. For more information on the 2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference, please visit: www.sistercities.org/USChina.

2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Award Winners:

Longest Relationship:

  • Hubei Province & State of Ohio (Estd: 10.31.1979)
  • Nanjing, Jiangsu Province & St. Louis, Missouri (Estd: 11.02.1979)
  • Shanghai & San Francisco, California (Estd: 01.28.1980)
  • Hebei Province & State of Iowa (Estd: 07.22.1983)

Best Overall:

  • Chongqing & Seattle, Washington (Estd: 06.03.1983)
  • Fujian Province & State of Oregon (Estd: 09.25.1984)
  • Shanghai & Chicago, Illinois (Estd: 09.05.1985)
  • Liuzhou, Guangxi Province & Cincinnati, Ohio (Estd: 05.05.1988)


  • Tianjin & Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Estd: 02.10.1980)
  • Jinan, Shandong Province & Sacramento, California (Estd: 05.29.1985)
  • Zhejiang Province & State of Indiana (Estd: 07.24.1987)
  • Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province & Louisville, Kentucky (Estd: 09.09.2004)
  • Guiyang, Guizhou Province & Fort Worth, Texas (Estd: 10.17.2011)

Economy & Trade:

  • Guangzhou, Guangdong Province & Los Angeles, California (Estd: 12.08.1981)
  • Beijing & Washington, DC (Estd: 05.15.1984)
  • Suzhou, Jiangsu Province & Portland, Oregon (Estd: 06.07.1988)
  • Fuzhou, Fujian Province & Tacoma, Washington(Estd: 11.16.1994)

Arts & Culture:

  • Chengdu, Sichuan Province & Phoenix, Arizona (Estd: 05.13.1987)
  • Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province & Tempe, Arizona (Estd: 03.06.1989)
  • Xian, Shaanxi Province & Kansas City, Missouri (Estd: 04.29.1989)
  • Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province & Santa Fe, New Mexico (Estd: 10.29.2009)
  • Zhijiang County, Hunan Province & Pinehurst, North Carolina (Estd: 09.07.2010)

Most Innovative:

  • Xiamen, Fujian Province & Baltimore, Maryland (Estd: 11.07.1985)
  • Kunming, Yunnan Province & Denver, Colorado (Estd: 05.15.1986)
  • Xiangyang, Hubei Province & Raleigh, North Carolina (Estd: 05.18.2010)
  • Wuxi, Jiangsu Province & San Antonio, Texas (Estd: 02.16.2012)
  • Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province & Indianapolis, Indiana (Estd: 08.16.2012)

Community Involvement:

  • Heilongjiang Province & State of Wisconsin (Estd: 10.18.1982)
  • Qingdao, Shandong Province & Long Beach, California (Estd: 04.12.1985)
  • Changchun, Jilin Province & Little Rock, Arkansas (Estd: 06.02.1994)
  • Wanzhou district, Chongqing & Waynesboro, Virginia (Estd: 04.24.2008)

Sustainable Development:

  • Hefei, Anhui Province & Columbus, Ohio (Estd: 11.07.1988)
  • Changsha, Hunan Province & Annapolis, Maryland (Estd: 10.25.2008)
  • Qinghai Province & State of Utah (Estd: 07.13.2011)

Best Individual:

  • Mr. Joel Glassman (Nanjing, Jiangsu Province & St. Louis, Missouri)
  • Mr. Zhang Baowen (Shaanxi Province & State of Minnesota)
  • Mr. Xu Qin (Shenzhen, Guangdong Province & Houston, Texas)
  • Mr. Michael D. Antonovich (Hohhot, Inner Mongolia & Los Angeles County, California)

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