US and Tibet cities celebrate twinning

Added On October 13, 2017

This year marks the 30th anniversary since Lhasa in China and Boulder in the U.S. became sister cities. 

In that time, the two cities have grown closer with each delegation - swapping culture, medicine and education.
In April, 1987, Boulder became the first and only sister city in the United States for Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) LISA MORZEL, Council Member of Boulder City 
"We're very proud to be sister cities with Lhasa. And we are very happy to learn more about the people of Lhasa and the culture of Lhasa, and to exchange ideas and benefits."
Since then, delegations from the two cities have frequently visited each other. 
Former Boulder mayor Shaun McGrath head on one in October, 2008. Nearly a decade later, he can still recall the memories of his "wonderful experience."
"The impression that we had was of a very beautiful city, beautiful surroundings, some very nice hotels. The hotel we stayed in was particularly very modern and quiet luxurious, at the same time, in a setting of quiet a lot of history. Wonderful deep culture of the buddhist history there. So it's a nice mix of both old and new."
Boulder shares many similarities with its sister city Lhasa, in terms of landscape, sunlight and temperature. 
In the past three decades, the two cities have boosted cooperation on medicine, agriculture, new energy and more. 
While the Boulder-Lhasa Sister City Project has become a successful model of friendship between cities from different countries.
"There's of course the broader reasons for the sister city partnership internationally. It's to build closer relationships across nations at a city level. That's the bigger picture. For Boulder's interest in Lhasa in particular, we have Tibetan community here with Boulder. And we have mountains. There are similarities at the same time that were attractive to us."
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) LISA MORZEL, Council Member of Boulder City 
"I think People in Boulder love Lhasa and our sister cities. I think People in Boulder, we are pretty much about learning about other people and their cultures and communicating. And we hope this will lead to peace and more cultural exchanges."