Hamburg and Shanghai celebrate 35 years of their sister-city relationship

35-year sister-city relationship between Shanghai and Hamburg got celebrated through a hybrid event at the kick-off of digital China Festival in Hamburg.

An opening ceremony was held at the Yu Garden in Hamburg, a complex built based on building styles in the Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai.

Mayor of Hamburg Peter Tschentscher said: “Hamburg and Shanghai have a lot to learn from each other. The digital China Festival is a good opportunity for cultural exchanges and promote mutual understanding of each other’s lifestyle. We are glad to talk about issues such as artificial intelligence and urban traffic with our partners in Shanghai. Hamburg and Shanghai are strong partners.”

Mayor of Shangai Gong Zheng addressed a speech for the anniversary via a recorded video: “Shanghai and Hamburg are an important bond for the friendship between China and Germany. In the past 35 five years since we tied up with each other, our two cities have been cooperating closely in areas such as economy and trade, ports, science and technology, urban planning, culture and education, and have made fruitful achievements. Especially in the face of COVID-19, Shanghai and Hamburg have been standing shoulder by shoulder and hand in hand to fight the pandemic, fully demonstrating the deep friendship between us.”

On the occasion, “Biking Through the Sister Cities Shanghai and Hamburg,” a video produced to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the sister-city relationship between the two cities, made its debut, showing the green, livable, harmonious and beautiful environments and landscapes in the two cities, reports

Mayor Tschentscher invited Shanghai to take part in the 2021 ITS World Congress for intelligent traffic systems and services, which is set to take place in Hamburg on October 11-15.

Photo credit Ti Gong