Donated PPE from our Sister City Ningbo, China arrives at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital on May 6, 2020

Many thanks to our Ningbo Chair, Dr. Harry Zhang and his counterparts in Ningbo for facilitating this vital gift.  Thank you to the City of Norfolk for its support and assistance in managing local logistics to get the gift delivered to our friends at Sentara...

Our Sister City in China sends much needed medical supplies . . .

Thank you Dr. Harry Zhang, Chair of our Ningbo, China Sister City Committee. Our partners in Ningbo, Beliun District, China are donating supplies of Personnel Protective Equipment for hospitals in Norfolk. We send heartfelt thanks to Mr. LIANG Qun and Mr. SUN Xudong,...

8th Grade Students at Academy of International Studies at Rosemont Support their Chinese Peers

through a coordinated Zoom conference. Organized by our Ningbo, China Committee Chair, Dr. Harry Zhang and our Young Global Citizens Committee, 24 students spent an hour speaking with students across China.  Chinese students shared their experiences of national...

Our Sister Cities

Kitakyushu, Japan

Tema, Ghana

Toulon, France

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

Wilhelmshaven, Germany

Norfolk County, United Kingdom

Our Friendship City

Ningbo-Beilun, China

About The Norfolk Sister City Association

The Norfolk Sister City Association was founded in 1976 and is a member of Sister Cities International, based in Washington D.C. The Association is a non-profit civic organization which coordinates the activities of Norfolk's sister cities program. Its purpose is to foster international understanding, friendship and cooperation through people-to-people exchanges and long-term partnerships between Norfolk and its sister cities. The association aims to involve a broad spectrum of the community in citizen diplomacy and to be a catalyst for linking counterpart organizations in Norfolk with its sister cities to enable them to conduct exchanges of mutual interest.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Norfolk Sister City Association (NSCA) is to foster international understanding, friendship, and cooperation by promoting people-to-people exchanges and continuing relationships between Norfolk, Virginia and its international sister cities.


Norfolk Sister City Association is a non-profit citizen diplomacy organization that creates and strengthens partnerships between Norfolk, Virginia and international communities. We strive to build global cooperation at the municipal level, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development.


We provide opportunities for city officials and citizens to experience and explore other cultures through long-term community partnerships.

We create an atmosphere in which economic and community development can be implemented and strengthened.

We stimulate environments through which communities will creatively learn, work, and solve problems together through reciprocal cultural, educational, municipal, business, professional and technical exchanges and projects.

We partner with businesses and organizations in Hampton Roads which share similar goals.