Int'l youth festival kicks off in Vladivostok

June 22, 2012 11:33 pm 

VLADIVOSTOK, June 22 — The first international youth festival marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Vladivostok port kicked off here Friday, drawing delegates from its sister cities in the Asia-Pacific region.

During the four-day festival, whose theme is "Look into the Future," participants from different cities and universities will have their presentations on medicine, architecture, fashion, design and mariculture.

There will be a sightseeing program, a beach volleyball tournament, as well as a photo contest and a get-together with students of Vladivostok universities.

Organizers said the events are aimed at strengthening relations among the sister cities, encouraging young people from different countries to communicate with each other and exchange views, deepening mutual understanding and broaden their horizons.

Vladivostok began forging deals on establishing sister city relationships with some Asia-Pacific cities in 1991 and was officially opened for foreign visits in 1992.

Among Vladivostok's sister cities are China's Dalian, Shanghai and Changchun, the U.S. cities of San Diego and Juneau, Japan's Akita and Hakodate, the South Korean cities of Busan and Incheon, Malaysia's Kota Kinabalu, Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh, and Ecuador's Manta. (PNA/Xinhua) hbc/utb

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