Minneapolis-Harbin Committee Welcomes You

Please consider joining USCPFA-MN’s Minneapolis-Harbin sister-city Committee. Contact us if you have any questions about our group or suggestions for upcoming events.

We celebrated the 20th anniversary in 2012 of the establishment of the Minneapolis-Harbin sister-city relationship.

Kit Spangler, Harbin Committee Chair


Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges will travel to Harbin China in January for the 2015 Ice and Snow Festival.  Her 6-person delegation will also include USCPFA-MN Board Member Ralph Beha, as well as Bill Deef, VP International Relations for Meet Minneapolis.uscpfa-red-bar-medUSCPA-MN and St. Anthony Brass Quintet participated in the Harbin Summer Music Festival in August 2014.  Thanks to all our sponsors!  

Read Trip Report Here

Read China Insight Article-October 2014

SABQ photo

A Selection of Our Past Events (slide show)



Origin of Sister-City Relationship

On September 18, 1992, Minneapolis and Harbin signed the sister-city Agreement in Harbin when Harbin Mayor Suo Changyou hosted a nine-person delegation from Minneapolis headed by Mayor Donald Fraser.  This formalized a year of intercontinental negotiations.  In September 1993, USCPFA-MN and Minneapolis Mayor Donald Fraser hosted a banquet to welcome Harbin Mayor Suo Changyou and his delegation to Minnesota to celebrate the newly-formed sister-city relationship.

Links to Historical Documents:

1992 Proposal for Minneapolis-Harbin Sister City Relationship [BOB - Insert:  Harbin Proposal pdf

Agreement for the Establishment of a Sister City Relationship (Chinese and English) executed September 18, 1992. [Bob: attach link to Harbin Agreement pdf]

Asian Pages article of October 1, 1993. [Bob: attach link to Asian Pages 1992-3 article pdf]


Sights of Harbin (slide show)

coming soon


Information about Harbin

Map of Heilongjiang Province (including City of Harbin)

Harbin is China’s 10th largest city, with a population of nearly 10 million.  Harbin lies on the southern bank of the Songhua River.  Harbin was founded as a rail center in 1900 by Russian financiers.

Harbin is unique in China for Russian-influenced architecture. During the late 19th century, the Russians built the rail system, which connected Harbin with Russia. During the Japanese occupation in the 1930’s, Harbin was the location of the notorious Japanese biological and chemical warfare Research Unit 731.

Commercially, Harbin’s Pingfang District is growing rapidly and is home to a new factory built by John Deere, a factory under construction for Case New Holland, as well as a composite manufacturing company supplying composites for Airbus. Twin Cities based Cargill has a feed manufacturing plant in Harbin.

For more information about Harbin go to Wikipedia: