Lincoln’s Twins Part Four: Tangshan, Hebei Province, China

Today’s edition of our Lincoln’s Twins series takes us to the Far East with Twin City Number Four; Tangshan, Hebei Province, China

Tangshan’s prefecture population was 7,577,284 in 2010 – that’s 58 times the population of Lincoln! Despite the difference in size, the two cities have quite a few things in common.

First up is tourism. After a devastating earthquake in 1976, Tangshan rebuilt itself as a tourist destination and today welcomes visitors from all over the world.

Second point is its history. Lincoln can trace its roots back to the Iron Age. For our twin, one of the most famous points of interest there are the Eastern Tombs of the Qing Dynasty, which are the largest and most complete tombs of their kind in all of China.

And finally, the arts. Lincoln has a number of established theatres and arts venues and we are proud of our cultural roots. On the other side of the world, Tangshan has a similar history steeped in the arts and is the birthplace of Pingju, a form of local Chinese opera. Created in 1923, this form of opera combines folk music and dance to tell stories of folk legends, historical figures and scenes from the four seasons.

Come back next week for Lincoln’s Twins Part Five: Radomsko, Poland

Author Bio: Charlotte has been writing online content for newspapers, magazines and websites for the past eight years. She now works at Spiral Media in Lincoln where she supports a number of ecommerce clients with their content and communication strategies.

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