About Our Sister Cities
The fourth Sister City, Birobidjan, signed in 1990, is located in the southern portion of the Russian Far East. It is 200 km. west of Khabarovsk, Portland’s Sister City. A quarter of the region is mountainous with incredibly diverse wildlife, including northern jungle terrain that is home to bears, boars and the Siberian tiger.
The third Sister City, Cheonan, signed in 1989, is located about 50 miles south of Seoul. Due to its rolling hills and four distinct seasons, it is called the “Garden City”. There are many scenic attractions in the immediate area.
Beaverton’s most recent Sister City, Cluses, signed in 1999, is located in the southeastern region of France near Mt. Blanc in the French Alps. It enjoys year-round recreation activities such as hiking, mountain climbing, swimming, boating, parasailing, golfing, skiing and ice-skating.
Beaverton's first sister city, Gotemba, signed an agreement with the City in 1987. The city is located 60 miles southwest of Tokyo, Japan, and is known as the eastern entrance to Mt. Fuji. Located at the center of Izu-Hakone-Fuji National Park, recreation facilities exist for golfing, skating, hiking, climbing, and camping.
The second signed city, Hsinchu in 1988, is located in the northwestern part of Taiwan. The city is on the vital North-South freeway with rail services, good public roads and a harbor for shipping.
The fifth signed Sister City, Trossingen, is located about 100 km. southwest of Stuttgart, just off of the Autobahn. It lies between the Black Forest and Swabian Alps mountain ranges and is situated on a plateau named The Baar. The landscape, rolling hills and vegetation are similar to Beaverton’s, although the climate is drier and colder, with more snow.