ST. LOUIS SISTER CITIES PROGRAM
Who We Are:
Representatives from St. Louis traveled to Wuhan, in the People’s Republic of China in 1994 to form a sister cities relationship, encouraging people-to-people exchanges in education, culture and commerce.
Wuhan is the capital of Hubei province and the most populous city in Central China and one of the nine National Central Cities of China.
Wuhan lies in the eastern Jianghan Plain on the middle reaches of the Yangtze River’s intersection with the Han river. Arising out of the conglomeration of three cities, Wuchang, Hankou, and Hanyang, Wuhan is known as “China’s Thoroughfare.” it is a major transportation hub, with dozens of railways, roads and expressways passing through the city and connecting to other major cities.
Holding sub-provincial status, Wuhan is recognized as the political, economic, financial, cultural, educational and transportation center of central China. In 1927, Wuhan was briefly the capital of China and later served as the wartime capital of China in 1937.
Coming in at #1 on National Geographic’s Cool List for 2017, County Donegal’s legendary “rugged” landscape includes the northern Derryveagh mountain range and the southern Bluestack Mountains. Donegal’s sea coast with the impressive Slieve League cliffs (among the highest sea cliffs in Europe) offers incredible views. The Inishowen Peninsula culminates in Malin Head, the northernmost point in Ireland and the starting point for the Wild Atlantic Way.
Gaeltacht & Culture:
The Donegal Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) is the second-largest in Ireland. Students and adults from around the world travel to Donegal during the summer months to learn the language and immerse themselves in the culture.
Donegal is known for its musical heritage. Famous natives include Enya, Rory Gallagher, Altan and Clannad.
The North Atlantic waters along the Donegal coast also present diving and
surfing opportunities. Rossnowlagh was one of the first places to be surfed in Ireland and now houses the largest surf club in the country, while Bundoran is considered to be one of the best places to surf in Ireland.
Donegal is known for its textiles, whose unique woolen blends are made of short threads with tiny bits of color blended in for a heathered effect. Sometimes they are woven in a rustic herringbone format and other times in more of a box weave of varied colors. These weaves are known as donegal tweeds (with a small ‘d’) and are world renowned.