Urbino a walled city in the Marche region of Italy, south-west of Pesaro, a World Heritage Site notable for a remarkable historical legacy of independent Renaissance culture, especially under the patronage of Federico da Montefeltro, duke of Urbino from 1444 to 1482. The town, nestled on a high sloping hillside, retains much of its picturesque medieval aspect. It hosts the University of Urbino, founded in 1506, and is the seat of the Archbishop of Urbino. Its best-known architectural piece is the Palazzo Ducale, rebuilt by Luciano Laurana. Population 14000.
Located outside of Chengdu, the home of Panda, Guanghan is known as a city of bravery and reform. It is famous for its Sanxingdui Culture(the 9th wonder of the world) dated back to the Bronze era and world's largest aviation university. When the entire China was still in comune farming system in the 80's, Guanghan was the first to embrace privatization. Guanghan people are ambitious and actively seek global collaboration in its industries such as pharmaceutical, aviation, food, archeology and manufacturing of oil drilling platforms etc. They are also proud of their spicy food - the authentic Sichuan cuisine. Population 600,000
Story of Friendship
One day Jim Xu, a Taicang man called us and asked if we could do something for this special city Guanghan. He has heard about what we did for Taicang and Macerata and wanted it also for Guanghan where he worked as a vice mayor before. This seems random but we followed our passion and curiosity to discover new territories and challenges. There is not another city like Guanghan in China with a wonder of the world yet not well known by the world. We were intrigued by the mystery of Sanxingdui Culture and went to Guanghan in 2017 with the delegation of Urbino city, because Urbino has rich experience in protecting history. The rest just happened naturally over a 9th months process. As we work with all cities, passion drives progress, and we hope this new set of friendship cities will also bear many fruits.