Our Association

The purpose of our Association is to promote an ongoing relationship between the city of Santa Barbara, California, and the city of Weihai, Shandong Province, China, by developing activities that support mutually beneficial academic, commercial and cultural exchanges.

Weihai became a Sister City to Santa Barbara in 1993. We are a chapter of the Santa Barbara Sister Cities Board, Chaired by Ms. Takako Wakita. Currently, Santa Barbara’s Sister Cities include Toba City, Japan; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Weihai, Peoples’ Republic of China; San Juan Metro Manila, Philippines; Dingle Ireland; and Kotor, Montenegro.

Our Association is governed by a Board of Directors that meets regularly to discuss future plans.  As a member of our Sister City Association, you will receive our quarterly newsletter, be invited to our Annual Meeting in May as well as to all events sponsored by our Association.  You are also invited to participate in the planning and execution of those events by volunteering to serve on any of our committees.  Please join us!

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