Agreement Signed Nov. 5, 1996
Population 3,500,000
Mayor Wu Zhongqiong
Language Mandarin Chinese
Currency Yuan
Timezone UTC+8


Our Sister City, Anshan, is the second leading producer of iron and steel in China. Combine that with Birmingham's iron and steel history, and our connection was of course a no-brainer.

Early on in the relationship, Anshan sponsored its deputy director of economic and foreign affairs to live in Birmingham for a year and a half, and during this time, several business connections were forged. Today, several Birmingham health companies have operations in our Chinese Sister City.

Youth exchanges have also been a favorite program with Anshan, along with English language teaching programs whereby Birminghamiams work as English teachers in Anshan.

Locale Information

Anshan is a city located in Liaoning Province in the northeastern part of China. It's situated in the central part of Liaoning, about 60 miles south of Shenyang, the provincial capital.

Anshan has a population of over 3.5 million people and is an important industrial center in the region, with a focus on steel and mining industries.

The city has a rich history, with evidence of human habitation dating back thousands of years. It is also home to several cultural and natural attractions, including the Qianshan National Park and the Anshan Jade Buddha.


The main driver of the economy in Anshan, China is the steel industry. Anshan is known as the "steel capital" of China and is home to several large steel companies, including Ansteel Group, which is one of the largest steel producers in the world.

The steel industry in Anshan has been a major contributor to the city's economic growth and development, providing employment opportunities and driving the local economy. Other industries in Anshan include machinery manufacturing, chemical production, and agriculture.

Fun Facts

  • Tourist Places

    - Classical Gardens of Suzhou
    - Potala Palace
    - Shanghai's Promenade
    - Hangzhou's Historic West Lake
    - Qing Zhao Mausoleum
    - Leshan Giant Buddha
    - Hong Kong Skyline
    - Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
    - Great Wall
    -Terracotta Army
    - Forbidden City
    - Summer Palace
    - Tiananmen Square
    - Longmen Grottoes

  • Climate

    Extremely diverse
    Tropical in south to subarctic in north

  • Sports

    - Basketball
    - Table tennis
    - Volleyball

  • Local Meal

    Peking Roast Duck
    - Maltose syrup (a natural sweetener produced from fermented grains) glazed-duck roasted until brown
    - The skin is served dipped in a sugar-garlic sauce and the meat is served with sweet bean sauce, spring onions, pancakes, and cucumber sticks