Brief History of Salt Lake Sister City
and Keelung, Taiwan Sister City
The Keelung Sister City Relationship with Salt Lake City was initiated in 1979 by Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson. In 1981 the Police Department from both cities became affiliated as a Sister Relationship. The relationship between the Keelung and Salt Lake Sister City helps to develop municipal partnerships and provides opportunities for city officials and citizens to experience and explore other cultures, promote cultural understanding and economic development.
For the duration of their relationship, the two cities have participated in an exchange of culture, art, music, business and education. Visiting delegations have participated in annual celebrations such as Days of ’47, honoring the Mormon Pioneers arrival to Salt Lake City and The Golden Spike Ceremony at Promontory Summit, which commemorates the completion of America’s first Transcontinental Railroad from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
The population of 387,207 makes Keelung the fourth largest City in Taiwan. It is located 18 miles northeast of Taipei on the Northern Coast of Taiwan overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It has an active seaside port, supporting vital economic industries of fishing, ship building and military activities. Keelung also serves as an international trade and business center. Keelung also has many beautiful parks and ancient temples and is known to be one of the wettest cities in the world with an average of 214 days of rain a year.
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