The US city of Sarasota established sister-city relations with Xiamen’s Siming district on October 9, 2007.
Sarasota is located in the southern state of Florida next to the Gulf of Mexico. It covers an area of 67.2 square kilometers and a population of more than 52,000. The per capita income for residents of the city is $23,197.
Sarasota is abundant in animal and plant resources and features a pleasant, humid subtropical climate. It has hot summers and mild winters, and is humid all year round. The picturesque port city boasts stunning beaches, ideal for bathing.
Honored as Florida’s cultural center along the coast, Sarasota is home to many cultural venues, such as Ringling Museum, Ringling College of Art and Design, institute of marine biology, Sarasota ballet school and botanical gardens.
The 15th Xiamen International Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race event, held by the Fujian province city since 2003 will run on Jan 2, 2017.
The Jimei Arles International Photography Festival will return to the city of Xiamen for the second year on Nov 20