February 03, 2016

20 Pictures from San Antonio's Sister Cities

San Antonio's nine sister cities are scattered across three continents and separated by tens of thousands of miles. So while it's tough to travel to all of them, click through this slideshow for a little taste of what each one has to offer.
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Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico 
Teatro Degollado
Opened in 1866, the Teatro Degollado is located on Guadalajara's main plaza. The theatre seats 1,015 spectators.
Photo via Flickr Creative Commons (Armando Aguayo Rivera)
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Teatro Degollado
Opened in 1866, the Teatro Degollado is located on Guadalajara's main plaza. The theatre seats 1,015 spectators.

Photo via Flickr Creative Commons (Armando Aguayo Rivera)
Wuxi, Jiangsu, China
This giant fountain in Wuxi depicts Buddha as an infant. The city also contains one of the tallest Buddha statues in China.
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Wuxi, Jiangsu, China
This giant fountain in Wuxi depicts Buddha as an infant. The city also contains one of the tallest Buddha statues in China.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Wuxi, Jiangsu, China
Wuxi sits along the Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia. It's known for being hot and humid in the summer and receives nearly 40 inches of rain per year.
Photo via Flickr Creative Commons (Thomas Depenbusch)
Wuxi, Jiangsu, China
Wuxi sits along the Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia. It's known for being hot and humid in the summer and receives nearly 40 inches of rain per year.

Photo via Flickr Creative Commons (Thomas Depenbusch)
Gwangju, South Korea
The ancient city of Gwangju was founded in 52 B.C. Located near the country's southern tip, it's now home to over 1.5 million people.
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Gwangju, South Korea
The ancient city of Gwangju was founded in 52 B.C. Located near the country's southern tip, it's now home to over 1.5 million people.

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
The co-capital of the Canary Islands is also the area's largest. And it's an integral part of our city's roots: Some of San Antonio's first colonists came from the Canary Islands.

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
Although it's home to over a million people, Las Palmas is surrounded by natural beauty and distinct geographic features. The nearby Bandama Caldera is an ancient volcanic crater within an 1,800-foot-high mountain.
Photo via Flickr Creative Commons (Matti Mattila)
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
Although it's home to over a million people, Las Palmas is surrounded by natural beauty and distinct geographic features. The nearby Bandama Caldera is an ancient volcanic crater within an 1,800-foot-high mountain.

Photo via Flickr Creative Commons (Matti Mattila)
Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Republic of China
Rubber Duck
Kaohsiung is a major port, so it makes sense that it would have an aquatic public art installation. Versions of Rubber Duck, by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, have bobbed across the world since 2007. The one in Kaohsiung arrived in September 2014, but popped later that year.

Photo via Flickr Creative Commons (Jerry Lai)
Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Republic of China
Kaohsiung isn't just a haven for giant, rubber waterfowl though. It's a bustling trade and industry center of over 2.7 million people, and home to the Republic of China naval fleet. 
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Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Republic of China
Kaohsiung isn't just a haven for giant, rubber waterfowl though. It's a bustling trade and industry center of over 2.7 million people, and home to the Republic of China naval fleet.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Monterrey was San Antonio's first sister city, having struck an agreement in 1953. Tucked within the Sierra Madre Oriental Mountain range, the city is a vital industrial and business center, and is is known for Norteño music.

Photo via Flickr Creative Commons (Rick Gonzalez)
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Many families from Monterrey make their full- or part-time homes in San Antonio. Parts of the Stone Oak and Sonterra neighborhoods have earned the nickname "Little Monterrey."

Photo via Flickr Creative Commons (Rick Gonzalez)