About Tempe Sister Cities
Tempe Sister Cities encourages cross-cultural cooperation and collaboration by building friendships between people and partnerships between communities. This partnership helps promote cultural and commercial ties. Tempe Sister Cities volunteers address immediate needs in addition to investing in our future by providing humanitarian aid to our sister cities in need. Tempe Sister Cities is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization, which means that all donations can be allocated directly toward achieving our mission of promoting global goodwill and cultural understanding for the people of Tempe.
Tempe Sister Cities
Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca is located on an interandean valley on Southern Ecuador. It features warm weather, with an average temperature of 62.6°F and has a population of approximately 500,000 people. Cuenca is also considered as the third city of the country, after Quito and Guayaquil. In the Todos Los Santos area, it is possible to see architecture spanning three different reigning parties: the Cañari (the first inhabitants), the Incas who conquered them, and finally, the Spanish settlers.
Skopje is a modern metropolis and the capital city in Macedonia. Skopje is located along the upper course of the Vardar River in the Northern part of Macedonia and home to approximately 600,000 people. In 1963, an earthquake destroyed much of historic Skopje. Japanese architect Kenzo Tange won an international competition to redesign the city, which he did in a futuristic style. It features a world-famous art museum, a university, green spaces and thriving industries. Today, Skopje has a population of close to a million people and is Macedonia’s major political, economic and cultural epicenter.
Regensburg is located in southeast Germany, on the northernmost bend of the Danube River, west of the Bavarian Forest. The town has a rich history, going as far back as 2,000 years. Germany’s oldest stone bridge, which was constructed between 1135 - 1146 A.D., still stands today. A great city for people of diverse taste, Regensburg has countless theaters, concerts, festivals, exhibitions, along with many other attractions, along with world-class shopping.
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Lower Hutt is located in the southwestern region of New Zealand and is the country’s tenth largest city. Located just 15 minutes north of Wellington, Lower Hutt is bordered by Island Bay. The Hutt River, which occupies the lower regions of Lower Hutt, is one of the most significant features of the city. Popular for outdoor activities, Lower Hutt boasts great fishing, mountain biking and hiking.
Zhenjiang is rich in history, dating back over 3,000 years. Located in the Yangtze River delta region, the city is surrounded by mountains and rivers. Ancient temples and pagodas can also be found all over the region, the most famous being the Jinshan Temple, which was built over 1,600 years ago. Zhenjiang is world-famous for its Jiangsu, a world-famous vinegar, and is known as the home to “sweet and sour.” Tempe’s largest sister city, Zhenjiang has a population of almost 3 million people.
The “Athens of West Africa”, Timbuktu used to be a popular place for scholars to travel to and study ancient manuscripts. It’s located north of the River Niger, on the edge of the Sahara Desert. Most tourists prefer to visit in the winter, usually between November and February, when the temperature is lower. However, over time, the nation has struggled and today is the fifth-poorest nation in the world. Almost one-fifth of its population is made of up refugees.
Beaulieu sur Mer, France
Beaulieu sur Mer is a beautiful, Mediterranean resort city, located between Nice and Monaco. Beaulieu sur Mer is one of the most historical cities in all of Europe, as archeologists have confirmed it to be the ancient Greek port of Anao. With many historical buildings in town, the most famous of the town’s buildings is the Greek Villa Kerylos. This villa and its gardens are one of Beaulieu sur Mer’s marvels. Aside from its historical significance, the town is also renowned for its beaches and markets.
Carlow is a country town located about 45 miles southwest of Dublin. A historic Irish town, Carlow is thousands of years old and pre-dates written Irish history. Even though it is one of the smaller counties on all of Ireland, Carlow has a population of almost 25,000. A beautiful country town, Carlow offers visitors green pastures, rolling hills and the River Barrow flows through the middle of the town. Visitors are treated to not only breathtaking landscapes but great shopping as well.