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The City of Inuyama was founded on April 1, 1954, and has a population of about 75,500. There are a number of famous attractions in and around Inuyama. The most famous is Inuyama Castle which lies on the southern side of the Kiso River and was built about 450 years ago. Tourists to Inuyama enjoy cormorant fishing (using cormorant birds on leashes to catch fish), festivals, summer fireworks, traditional marionettes, and cherry blossoms, which are their City symbol.
Inuyama being a former castle town and is now home of Kyoto University, one of the world's foremost centers for research in non-human primate biology and behavioral sciences. Along with the student population Inuyama in known for its industrial center where textiles, chemicals, and automobiles are being produced daily. Their attraction with Davis began with the annual athlete exchanges in running events held yearly in each of our cities. Inuyama's citizens are particularly interested in the history and development of Davis as a "bicycle city" and the involvement of Davis' citizens in establishing city policies.
Inuyama has been a Sister City with Davis since February 2001.
Los Banos, Philippines
Los Banos is a 1st class urban municipality in the province of Laguna in the Philippines. It has a population of 82,027 and 17,030 households. Its total land area of 56.5 square kilometers is bordered on the southwest by Mount Makiling and on the north by Laguna de Bay. This town is located 63 kilometers southeast of Manila and is accessible the South Luzon Expressway. In 1979, the evolution and development of academic excellence in Los Banos moved the people to request then President Ferdinand Marcos to declare the municipality as “A Special University Zone.” Los Banos was further declared as an “Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Science Community” in March of 1982. On August 7, 2000, Los Banos was declared as a “Special Science and Nature City of the Philippines” through Presidential Proclamation No. 349 in recognition as a center for science and technology in the development of agriculture and preservation of the environment.
Los Banos has been a Sister City with Davis since June 2005.
Muñoz, located in Central Luzon of the Philippines, was declared by the Department of Science and Technology as a “Science Community”, the first and only one of its kind in the Philippines and the second in Asia. Muñoz is host to 16 Research and Development Centers of Excellence that generates breakthroughs in Science and Technology, making waves for global acknowledgement and competitiveness. Muñoz is home to Central Luzon State University, a globally noted institution for higher education.
Total population for Muñoz is at 65,586 with a land area of 163.05 sq. km. There is estimated to be 13,940 households in the Science City.
Muñoz has been a Sister City with Davis since June 2005.
Qufu is located in the Shandong Province of China. The population is estimated to be 620,000 people. The area measures around 896 sq. km. Qufu is largely populated by bicycles rather than cars. A notable fact about Qufu is that it is the hometown of one of China’s most influential philosophers: Confucius. The town is dominated by the magnificent Temple of Confucius, the Confucian Mansion, and the Confucian Forest.
Qufu has been a Sister City with Davis since 1993.
Rutilio Grande, El Salvador
Rutilio Grande (formerly El-Jicaron) is a city founded on an “ideology” of community and empathy. Rutilio Grande was renamed in 1991 in honor for a local religious leader who was murdered by the El Salvadorian government. Agriculture is the largest source of employment with hundreds of Salvadorans growing small crops of corn and beans on small parcels of land where they live. These same people are working daily as day laborers on big plantations that export sugar, coffee and other crops. Besides agriculture, assembly of textiles for export in Maquila factories currently employ over 90,000 Salvadorans.
Rutilio Grande has been a Sister City with Davis since January 1992.
Sang-Ju, Korea is a rather rural community located on the northwestern border of North Gyeonsang province. All of Sang-Ju lies in the valley to the east of the river basin. With a population of 120,000, Sang-Ju is agriculturally rich. It has been given the nickname “Sam Baek” (The Three White Things) representing three agricultural products in which it produces: rice, silkworm cocoons, and dried persimmons.
The legislative and executive branches of Sang-Ju City are headed by officials elected by popular vote. Under current South Korean law, elections are held once every four years.
Like Davis, Sang-Ju is a bicycle friendly community along with being the home of Sang-Ju National University, a government-administered institution with a focus on agricultural technology.
Sang-ju has been a Sister City with Davis since June 2004.
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Uman is about 1/3 larger than Davis with a current population of 90,000+ people. It is also a college town, with two universities within its boundaries. When taking the 200 mile journey from the capital city Kiev to Uman you would see the similarities between Uman and Davis. Uman is surrounded by thousands of square miles of rich, flat farmland. The soil is so fertile it is black which is why the area had been dubbed the “Soviet Union's breadbasket.”
Uman's proudest landmark is the magnificent Sofivka Park. This 200-year-old park has a long and interesting history that is essentially a love story with soap opera subplots.
Uman became a sister city to Davis on May 17, 1988.
Located in the central Yangtze River Delta on the southeast coast of China. The Delta is both natural and man-made place of interest. The total population estimates around 4.32 million. Wuxi is nationally known as “Little Shanghai.” Wuxi is very agricultural and known for the mulberry trees and silk production. Like Davis, Wuxi is a very bicycle and educationally friendly community. Because of Wuxi’s location on the Grand Canal it has become one of China’s renowned tourist cities and brings in approximately 10 million visitors annually. Wuxi has also become famous for its Wuxi-style spareribs.
Wuxi has several other sister cities around the world:
- Akashi, Japan - 1981
- Chattanooga, USA - 1982
- Sagamihara, Japan - 1985
- Hamiliton, New Zealand - 1986
- Cascais, Portugal - 1993
- Scarborough, Canada - 1996
Wuxi has been a Sister City with Davis since October 2003.