Bury in the UK
Photographed by Hu Jinzhong
The friendship between Bury and Datong can be dated back to the 1980s. Bury is located in Greater Manchester which is the communication hub of northwest England and historically a centre for locomotive building. The steam preservation railway operated in Bury by the East Lancashire Railway attracts tourists from all over the world. Datong Steam Locomotive Works was established in 1954. It used to be the largest locomotive production base in Asian and also one of the last locomotive works to stop production in the world. In 1991, Steam locomotive lovers from the East Lancashire Railway were invited to attend the Third China Datong International Locomotive Festival. Since then Datong and Bury began a friendship and in 2003 Datong and Bury were officially established as international twin cities. Frequent exchanges in the fields of local government, education, culture and sports have taken place between the two cities. In 2010, Datong and Bury were awarded the 'Exchange and Cooperation Award of International Twin City' by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC).
Chinese Edited and English Translated by Datong Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office
English Revised By Adrian Frost (UK)