Austin's sister cities feature a unique blend of interesting history. Check out the facts below - one for each of Austin's sister cities - to learn more about each of these interesting places.
Adelaide is the only Australian capital to have been founded by free settlers, rather than convicts.
The famous orange liquor - Cointreau - was created in Angers and is still distilled there today.
Antalya is well-known for building luxury yachts, with 52 yacht-building companies located in its free trade zone.
Gwangmyeong and Austin share a passion for cycling - the city is home to the Gwangmyeong Velodrome. Designed to resemble a cyclist’s helmet, this track cycling facility holds 30,000 spectators.
An Austin Garden, designed by the sister cities committees in both cities and Austin Community College, was displayed as part of the 2011 Federal Horticultural Show in Koblenz.
6. Lima, Peru
The capital of Peru is home to El Peruano - one of the oldest newspapers in the Americas - founded by Simon Bolivar in 1825.
Austin is Maseru’s only Sister City. Maseru is the capital and largest city in Lesotho, which is one of only three remaining monarchies in Africa. Lesotho is completely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa and the only country in the world whose land is entirely at altitudes above 1,500 meters.
8. Oita, Japan
Oita hosts the Yumiero Music Festival every fall, where many Austin musicians have performed. During the Austin Welcomes the World concert at SXSW 2012, two Oita musicians performed, and Austin folk-rock singer/songwriter Gina Chavez was named the official Austin Music Ambassador to Oita.
An educational workforce training partnership was established between Austin Community College and the Ministry of Education of Imo State in Old Orlu on the same evening as the Sister City Agreement signing in 2000.
10. Saltillo, Mexico
Saltillo is Austin’s oldest sister city and was the capital of Texas before Austin! In the early 1700s, Saltillo was the capital of the state of Coahuila, Mexico, which at the time included Texas.
11. Taichung, Taiwan
Austin and Taichung shared the honor of being named among the Top 7 Intelligent Communities of the Year 2012. Taichung was selected in part for their pioneering efforts to connect all their citizens to digital resources, including offering free internet at 300 places in the city and providing low-income children with free computers and subsidized broadband connection.
Every year, the Dai ethnic group in Xishuangbanna rings in the New Year with the three-day Water Splashing Festival celebration.
Mayor Mustafa Akaydin of Antalya, Turkey and Mayor Lee Leffingwell exchange gifts.
Gina Chavez playing at the Yumiero Music Festival in Oita.
Mayor Jean-Claude Antonini of Angers, France visits a classroom at the Austin International School.
Treasures of the Yunnan Province dancers with Ray Benson before their performance together at the KLRU Austin City Limits studio
Mayor Jason Hu of Taichung, Taiwan and Mayor Lee Leffingwell exchange gifts.
Photo credit: Marianne Martinez; Gina Chavez photo credit: Douglas Allsopp, courtesy of Gina Chavez