Monday, September 1, 2008

Theme Photo: Sister Cities

According to the New York City government website, we have 10 sister cities around the world. They are Tokyo (inducted in 1960), Beijing (1980), Madrid (1982), Cairo (1982), Santo Domingo (1983), Rome (1992), Budapest (1992), Jerusalem (1993), London (2001), and Johannesburg (2003). The only sister city I have visited in the last year or so is Beijing, China. So here is a photo of the scene inside the Forbidden City from my trip there last July.

Click here to view the thumbnails for all the other participants of this month's theme photo.

30 comments:

Virginia said...

Ming in Beijing. Has a nice ring to it.
I think it interesting that cities have multiple sister cities. Do they get bored and find a new one? or do they just feel the need for more and add some? or do they fall out with each other and find a different one? It's like middle school romances i think. Well, NYC had great ones.... all 10! Your photo of Beijing is great. Bet that was a nice visit for you.

USelaine said...

Hey! That's lucky that you got to go there yourself!

Ann said...

there's some really interesting places on that list of sister cities (I thought Sydney was doing well with six).

Sometimes I don't, sometimes I do said...

Alright! That's some really powerful sisterhood you guys have got!!

Cheers,
Shantaram

Chuck Pefley said...

Wow, it's hard to believe Seattle has 23 sisters and NYC only 10. Seems backward, given the respective size and prominence of each city.

HZDP said...

Were you there,Ming? I was there several days ago, and took plenty of photos of the forbidden city although I've been there for three times, I still need a map to find my way out...

angela said...

This looks so good on the thumbnails: a picture of the Forbidden City with New York written under...made me smile.
Lovely photo..

Kuanyin Moi said...

Yes, she's right--that does have a nice ring: Ming in Bejing! :-)

Peter said...

A surprisingly (rather) blue sky when you were there!

Jilly said...

You are one of the few to have actually visited a sister city. Lovely photo Ming. I envy you that trip. Not surprising that a city like NYC has so many sister cities.

Sally said...

Two great and powerful cities - and quite a collection for NEw York. I went to Beijing in 1978. It has changed considerably! (well unrecognisably)

Sydney Daily Photo

Kitty said...

ah, I've yet to visit Beijing, but would LOVE to. I've been to Shanghai and a few other cities in China, and I imagine the capital city is incredible.

babooshka said...

Now that's just being plain greedy!
Excellent post, and a superb image to represent one of those many sister cities. Timely aswell re the Olympics.

Hilda said...

I like Ming in Beijing too. ;)

So many people! It's great you got to post your own photo too — lucky you!

Chris said...

I do like your photo, Ming. I've never been to China, but would love to visit. One of my husband's reporters (well, ex-) was there for Olympics as his father still lives there.

I thought we had a lot of sister cities, but I thought NYC would have more than 10!

alice said...

You're very lucky to have been in China! I wish I could go to one day...
And your shot is great!

marley said...

Its great that you got to use your own photo instead of swapping.

Petrea said...

Hi Ming, Jilly told me you had posted Beijing so I thought I'd come and see! Pasadena has Beijing, too, but only Xicheng District of Beijing. I don't know why that is...

It's wonderful that you got to visit.

Mo said...

Very colourful family. Just like Angelina & Brad really. Great time to pst Beijing.

Eki Akhwan said...

Forbidden City! One of the places I'd love to visit. Thanks for sharing the photo.

Knoxville Girl said...

The photo is great, and you are fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to a sister city.

Kim said...

Ming, you are one of the very lucky ones among us to have actually made the shot of your featured sister city! That's so cool! Hanoi Daily Photo is also featuring Beijing today. Fun to see all the people touring the Forbidden City when you were there. Lucky guy!
-Kim
Seattle Daily Photo

Coltrane_lives said...

Certainly a timely photo shoot, Ming! I recall when you made this trip. Again, thanks for sharing. Good week to you!

ken mac said...

wow, would love to see more of these!

Shammickite said...

I wonder why NY has so many sister cities? Do all the cities make visits to each other?
I'd like to see Beijing one day, you had a great trip, I remember your photos.

teahouse said...

Hey, I've also been to Beijing. And from that list, also London and Budapest.

L.Shaw said...

Great pic.... would love to visit.... can I take the Acela?

Jun said...

i din know a city could hav so many sister cities @_@ all i know is that adelaide (whr i'm studying) and penang (my hometown) are sister cities. coincidence? i hope not.

• Eliane • said...

Simply gorgeous!

Keropok Man said...

Happy Belated Theme Day!
(i know i am so so late!)

Wish to go to Beijing one day, after watching the Olympics, it looks like a wonderful city to visit!