Situated at the junture of Assiniboine River and Red River, Winnipeg is the third largest city in Canada as well as the capital of the Canadian province of Manitoba. Winnipeg has a dry and cold climate and reaches dangerously low temperatures of -30¡ãC to lower -50¡ãC in the winter months.
100 years ago, a railway across Canada was built to Winnipeg, which quickly made the city prosperous. Within a few years, Winnipeg has become a major grain market in the world as well as the largest city of industry and commerce, and center of finance and insurance in western Canada. The major industries of Winnipeg are flour processing, meat & food processing, printing, wine making, clothing, car& agricultural machinery manufacturing. In addition, Winnipeg is also the cultural center of Manitoba. Winnipeg symphony orchestra, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Manitoba Theater Center are all well famed, and the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg are the key universities across Canada. The Century Center made up of Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature and the Planetarium in Winnipeg plays an important role in public and cultural life. Winnipeg is home to International Folk Festival every August. Lake Winnipeg, about 55 kilometers north of Winnipeg city, is formed by serveral rivers. The lake water flows into Hudson Bay through Nelson River, therefore, Lake Winnipeg is not only endowed with the advantages of sailing and fishing but also a famous tourist attraction. Winnipeg established sister relationship with Chengdu in 1988.