Xiangyang became Raleigh's newest Sister City November 2009. Xiangyang, the 2nd largest city in Hubei, is divided north-south by the Han River. The city itself is an incorporation of two once separate, ancient cities: Fancheng and Xianyang. Xiangyang has a municipal population of around 466,000 while its outlying county contains approximately 5,787,700 people.
Xiangyang is a famous national-level historical and cultural city in China, with a history of over 2800 years. It was the location of major battles during the ʻThree Kingdomsʼ period in 191 A.D. between Sun Jian and Liu Biao and in 1267-1273 A.D. between the Southern Song and the Mongols.