Liuzhou (Chinese: ), pronounced: “Leo-Joe,” means ‘place of the willow trees.’ It can also be called Longcheng, or ‘Dragon City.’ Liuzhou is located in SW China,
The Cincinnati-Liuzhou Connection: Liuzhou became a Sister City on May 5, 1988. Cincinnati and Liuzhou celebrated their 20th anniversary with a signing ceremony and the official unveiling of the Duke Energy Center Sister Cities display on April 8, 2008.
Liuzhou is one of China’s oldest cities; the skeleton of a seventy-thousand-year-old man, “Liujiang Man,” was found nearby in 1958. Liuzhou belonged to Guilin Shire during the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC). The city earned its current name, which means ‘the place of the willow,’ in 1736. Liuzhou has a long and colorful history – at one point in time, it was a common exile for banished government officials, and the 19th-century Taiping Rebellion began not far from the city. It was occupied and nearly destroyed by the Japanese during WWII, and during the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, Liuzhou was a major battle site. Today, it is a center of industry and art.
Economy: Liuzhou is an industry base in southwestern China. Its industry system is dominated by automobile (GM, Nissan, Saicgroup, DFAC, and FAW), machinery (engineering, building machinery, and air compressors), and metallurgy (mostly non-ferrous metal smelting and processing).
Tourism Tips: Some of the most notable scenic spots are Longtan Park, Bailian Cave, and Yufeng Mountain Park.When you visit Liuzhou, be sure to partake in some of their special local foods and products! The handicrafts that the people of Liuzhou are famous for are: jade, wonder stone, and garments and ornaments made by their ethnic minorities. Some of their signature foods are the oval kumquat, oranges, grapefruits, and Longan. Liuzhou cooking is influenced by both the Cantonese and Hunan traditions, and can be either “sweetish bland” or “fiery chili hot.”
Liuzhou Mayor Zheng Junkang, left, and Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, right, exchange gifts at the signing ceremony.