Beijing/ Suzhou

Beijing, China's capital, alone contributes 21 million people to the census. The official language is Mandarin and the currency is the Renminbi. Beijing's climate is quite diverse from humid and hot conditions in the summertime to freezing temperatures in the winter. Beijing is known as a transport hub with a sophisticated network of roads and railways full of city buses and taxies, and with over 3,000 years of history preserved today, Beijing's ancient landmarks are drawing more and more tourists each year.
Suzhou, located southeast of Beijing, was founded in 514 BC and has over 2,500 years of history. It is a major economic center of trade and commerce with a supporting population of 10.5 million including its city proper and a total resident population. The city's canals, stone bridges, pagodas, and meticulously designed gardens have contributed to its status as one of the top tourist attractions in China. Both cities are destination interests of the Hefner Initiative China program. To learn more visit http://english.gov.cn



Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a southeast Asian city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Singapore’s tropical climate is year-round and the best time to visit is June through August. The Singapore population is highly diverse with the majority Chinese and significant minorities of Malay and India. English is one of the four official languages of the county and the main common language of the nation. To learn more visit www.gov.sg


Albemarle, Virginia

Albemarle County is located in west central Virginia and ecompasses the city of Charlottesville, approximately 100 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. and 70 miles northwest of Richmond, Virginia. Albemarle is situated within the near the Piedmont Plateau, at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and at the headwaters of the Rivanna River. It is also home to the University of Virginia, where Robert and MeiLi Hefner's four original sections of the Berlin Wall are on display, entitled, "Kings of Freedom". To learn more visit www.albemarle.org

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is the capital of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its largest city, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It was named Boston by early settlers from Boston, Lincolnshire in England. It is home to Harvard University, a long-term partner of the Robert & MeiLi Hefner Foundation. The Robert & MeiLi Hefner Foundation has fostered three Alumni of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and is the primary donor of the James R. Schlesinger Professorship of Energy, National Security, and Foreign Policy. To learn more visit www.mass.gov

Claremont, California

Claremont is a college town on the eastern border of Los Angeles County, California, United States, 32.5 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. It is the city of The Webb Schools, partner to the Robert & MeiLi Hefner Foundation. Claremont is known for its many educational institutions, its tree-lined streets, and its historic buildings. In July 2007, it was rated by CNN/Money magazine as the fifth best place to live in the United States, and was the highest rated place in California on the list. To learn more visit www.ci.claremont.ca.us

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA is the home base for the Robert & MeiLi Hefner Foundation. It is home to many of the foundation's Hefner Awardees and home to one of the foundation’s long-term partners the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM). The state is one of Native-American history and known as the Sooner State. Oklahoma City is the home of Robert A. Hefner’s oil and gas company GHK which was founded in 1959.  To learn more visit www.okc.gov

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