W e l c o m e
Mountain City" for its steep hills, Chongqing is located
at the confluence of the Yangtze (Changjiang) and
Jialing rivers in Southwest China. This core city of 6
million people is the industrial and commercial hub for
the Municipality of Chongqing, a province-level
jurisdiction (about the size of Maine) that extends
eastward to the fabled Three Gorges of the Yangtze and
encompasses a population of 32 million.
Seattle and Chongqing enjoy an active, vibrant
relationship with exchange programs in the areas of
education, arts and culture, science and technology,
business, and government. The heart of sister city
programs - the desire to further friendship and
understanding between peoples - is a bridge to
The Seattle-Chongqing Sister City Association is a
nonprofit 501(c)(3) citizens' organization officially
endorsed by the City of Seattle. A volunteer Board of
Directors governs SCSCA and plans exchange programs and
local activities for members and the community.
The character for "double celebration" or "double blessing" has special meaning for Chongqing. The city received its current name in 1189, bestowed by the Song Emperor Guangzong (r. 1189–1194), because he felt blessed when he ascended to the throne.