Kansas City of the USA


Located in the state of Missouri, Kansas City was built in 1853, is an important city in the Midwest and known as the “Heartland” of the USA. The population of the city is 463,200 in an area of 820 square kilometers. Running through Kansas is the Missouri River, the second largest river in the United States.

Kansas City enjoys very convenient transportation, and is now an international trade and logistics center covering Canada, the US and Mexico. It serves the vast North American market. In the city we can also find a large- scale bonded area for international trade and an important inland port.  

As one of the agricultural centers of the USA, Kansas is world famous for wheat production area with large amounts of wheat being collected, distributed, traded and processed here. Corn Exchange in Kansas is the only exchange market for the red winter wheat of the USA, which has a deciding influence on world wheat prices. Wheat flour processing comes the second in the country. Livestock slaughtering and meat processing are on a fairly large scale and it ranks No.1 in the country in terms of stock yard scales. The city is also famous for its large natural cool storage (the underground limestone cave) in the United States.

Kansas City has won for itself the fame of “a city of springs” with its numerous sculpture fountains only next to Rome, and it is only next to Paris in terms of boulevards. Covering an area of 1,769 hectares, Swope Park is known as the second biggest city park in the USA.  

The most prestigious features of the city are its steaks, barbecue and jazz music. It is known as the barbecue capital of the country. After WWI, Kansas City became the cradle for jazz music, every year the Kansas City Jazz Festival is held with the participation of many top stars.

Kansas City is advanced in education, with 21 universities and colleges and the second China (Confucius) Research Center in the USA. Established in 1839, Missouri University is the earliest university west of the Mississippi River. There are several museums and art galleries in the city, of which The Nelson Museum is one of the largest museums in the world with its grand scale and rich collections.

Kansas City is the hometown of the world famous reporter Edgar Snow and we can still see the two-story brick house, his former home. In 1936, with the help of some of the progressives, Snow went to Yan’an. And during his stay of more than 5 months he met with and interviewed with the major leaders of the CPS, including Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai and Zhu De. In 1938, he left Yan’an for Beijing, there he published his famous book Red Star over China. In order to commemorate Snow, promote friendship and understanding with China, some Americans from Kansas City set up The Snow Foundation, with Kansas City Campus of Missouri University as one of its active donators.      

On April 29, 1989 Kansas City established sister-city relationship with Xi’an.


[Source:Foreign Affairs and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Xi’an City]