Located in the southwestern part of USA, Phoenix, state capital of Arizona, is the ninth largest city as well as one of the fastest growing cities in the US.
As the transportation hub in western area of USA, Phoenix has not only convenient aviation but also well-developed bus transportation. Grey Hound, the famous bus line in North America, sets up its headquarters here. Phoenix has the most advanced and sophisticated industries, and is one of the centers of data processing, electronics research and electronics industry, and aviation industry in the United States. Machinery, metallurgy, chemical engineering, textile, and food industry have relatively strong strength. Several famous companies such as Motorola, Garrett and GTE have established their headquarters in Phoenix. Over 50% of the city¡¯s population is engaged in high-tech manufacturing. Phoenix is becoming the traffic and commercial center in the Southwest with its rapid development of service industries like finance, legal service and accounting service. Phoenix now enjoys a deserved reputation as ¡°Valley of the Sun¡±, because the sun shines over 310 days a year here. So a large number of people flock to Phoenix for sightseeing and sheltering against the bitter cold weather every year. And the headquarters of the well-known International Hotel System¡ªRarmada are also situated at the city.
Phoenix was founded in 1867. In 1870, Phoenix¡¯s rapid population growth made it necessary to build a long-term town. The name Phoenix was actually suggested by a man named Darrell Duppa, who is purported to have said "A new city will spring phoenix-like upon the ruins of a former civilization." On Feb 25, 1881, Phoenix was formally set up as a city. Phoenix established sister relationship with Chengdu in May, 1987.