Guadalajara was founded in 1531 and is the capital of Jalisco State and the second largest city in Mexico with a population of 1.49 million. It is situated at the left bank of the Grand River at an altitude of 1,567 meters.
Kaunas is located in central Lithuania at the confluence of the two largest Lithuanian rivers, the Nemunas and the Neris. The city is approximately 100 kilometers away from the country's capital, Vilnius.
Penang Island is the third-largest city in Malaysia. Its sub-city, George, is the capital city of Penang State. Penang Island is an important port city, industrial base and economic center in the northern part of Malaysia.
The US city of Baltimore, famous for being the setting of the hit TV series "The Wire", became the fourth sister city of Xiamen, Fujian province, on November 7, 1985.
Aside from Manila, the nation's capital, Cebu is the largest economic center in the Philippines. It contains many rapidly-developing factories catering to the coconut oil, tobacco, sugar, ceramics and beverage industries.
The coastal Japanese city of Sasebo established a sister-city relationship with Xiamen, Fujian province, on October 28, 1983. The two cities have since carried out frequent economic, cultural, educational, artistic, and sporting exchanges.
Cardiff is one of Wales' key industrial and commercial centers. Its primary industries include those related to financial services, industrial development and manufacturing.