• Mayor Frederico Pena signed the agreement for Kunming to become Denver’s 8th Sister City in 1986.

 

  • For much of the relationship, Mr. John H. Yee, a Flying Tiger, and current Honorary Chair was integral to helping the two cities build a strong relationship and inspiring a tradition of dedicated volunteers passionate about working to link the two cities.

 

  • There have been frequent and wide-ranging exchanges representing medical, cultural, media and educational fields.

 

  • Several high level government exchanges and delegation trips have been held between the two cities with highlights including Mayor Wellington Webb visiting Kunming and the Secretary-General of Kunming visiting Denver.

 

  • In 2011, the 25th Anniversary Celebration and accompanying Trade Talks, hosted by Denver, marked an important milestone for the Kunming-Denver sister city relationship.

 

  • In 2013 Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks led a delegation of city officials and committee members on an exchange visit to Kunming.

 

  • The “Eternal Good Fortune” Peacock sculpture was a gift from the Kunming Government celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Denver-Kunming Sister City relationship.   The Sculpture was crafted by one of China’s most famous artists, Yuan Xiao Cen.  The sculpture portrays a family of peacocks and signifies the people of Kunming’s wish for Denver to have good fortune, and their hope that the friendship between the two cities and nations will continue to last through the generations.   This beautiful and impressive artwork (1.5 tons, measuring 15’ long, 6.5’ high, and 6’ wide) can be viewed at the Denver Zoo’s Carousel Meadow.