Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges will visit Harbin, China, in January to attend an Ice and Snow Festival and share tourism and business ideas.
Minneapolis and Harbin are sister cities, and share a cold climate.
Also in the delegation, says the Star Tribune, will be
- City Council Member John Quincy
- Meet Minneapolis CEO Melvin Tennant
- Bill Deef, Meet Minneapolis vice president for international relations
- Ralph Beha of the Minnesota chapter of the U.S.-China Peoples Friendship Association
- John Munger, executive director of the Loppet Foundation
Harbin is in the northern China, near the Siberian border, with cold winter temperatures that often surpass our own.
As for payment of the trip’s expenses, the Strib says:
Meet Minneapolis is purchasing the delegation’s plane tickets, with each member reimbursing the organization. The mayor will make the reimbursement out of her office’s travel fund. Other costs will be covered by the Harbin municipal government.
Minneapolis has 12 sister cities:
- Santiago, Chile.
- Bosaso, Somalia
- Cuernavaca, Mexico
- Eldoret, Kenya
- Harbin, China
- Ibaraki City, Japan
- Kuopio, Finland
- Najaf, Iraq
- Novosibirsk, Russia
- Tours, France
- Uppsala, Sweden
- Winnipeg, Canada
Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak also visited Harbin, as well as the sister-cities in Japan, France and Sweden.