The city of Bydgoszcz, in Poland, became the sister-city of Ningbo, East China’s Zhejiang province in October 2005.
Bydgoszcz, capital city of Kujawsko-Pomorskie province, lies in northern Poland, 250 km away from Warsaw and 160 km from the largest port city, Gdansk. It has nearly 400,000 inhabitants.
As the industrial, trade and financial center of Kujawsko-Pomorskie, the city has 45,000 companies op
Other areas have also been prospering in recent years, including the service, commerce, finance and real estate sectors. A total of 410 foreign-invested companies have settled in the city. The city is also a key financial center in Poland, with 30 banks located in the area.
Development of the city has been boosted by an increasing demand for cultural activities. Bydgoszcz locals are keen on participating in concerts such as at the Pomeranian Philharmonic, in music festivals such as the Bydgoszcz Opera Festival, the International Competition for Young Pianists "Arthur Rubinstein in Memoriam" and Bydgoszcz Music Festival.
The city is also popular for its cozy pubs, cafeterias and music clubs, offering a unique atmosphere for visitors.
Many higher education institutes are located in the city, including the School of Medicine, Poznan University of Economics, the Music College and University of Technology and Agriculture, and Pomorze Economic University.
There are various places to enjoy leisure activities in the city, such as Stone Mill Island, the beautiful paths along the beach, and the cycling paths along Brda and Bydgoszcz Canal.