Chengdu and Lodz established Sister City relationship on June 29, 2015.
Lodz is the third largest city in Poland. Located in the central part of the country, it has an approximate population of 850,000. As the terminus of the rail cargo service between Chengdu and Europe, the city is an important transport hub and logistics center in Poland, with the largest inland container terminal in the country. It takes less than 3 hours from Lodz to major cities in Poland thanks to its favorable geographical location and well-developed traffic infrastructure.
Lodz is a thriving center of academic life in Poland. Currently Lodz is home to 25 universities, 30 research institutions, and a number of smaller schools of higher education such as Medical University of Lodz and Lodz University of Technology. Over the recent years, Lodz has been striving to develop an export-oriented economy. The establishment of Lodz SEZ (special economic zone) and Lodz Science Park has attracted Dell, Coca-Cola and other Fortune Global 500 companies.
Economic, cultural and educational exchanges between Chengdu and Lodz:
■ On November 21, 2013, Chengdu and Lodz became Cities with Friendly Cooperative Relations.
■ In April 2014, Lodz's first trade office in China settled in Chengdu. The Chengdu University, Sichuan University and the University of Lodz and Lodz University of Technology established friendly relationship.
■ In June 2014, as a model for exchanges between local governments from China and Poland, Chengdu and Lodz were both granted the "Award for Friendship and Cooperation between China and Poland" at the 2nd China-Poland Forum on Local Cooperation.
■ In December 2014, the Sichuan University and University of Lodz established friendly intercollegiate relationship.