Located in northeast Japan's Miyagi prefecture, Ishinomaki is its second largest city next only to Sendai City with very favorable natural conditions. It occupies an area of 555 k㎡, has a population of around 170,000 and an annual average temperature of 11.5 ℃. Situated at Kitakami River's estuary to the Pacific Ocean, the offshore Kinkasan fishery is one of the three largest fishery areas in the world. Its rich fishery resources support well-developed offshore, distant-water fishery and aquaculture industries. Besides large industrial ports, Ishinomaki also boasts some of the handful of natural fishing ports in Japan. It has formed an industrial structure with all-around development in fishery, industry, agriculture and commerce. Ishinomaki has grown into a major city in northeast Japan with the establishment of "Saint John the Baptist Hall", Ishinomori Manga Museum and the comprehensive sports park in recent years.
Sister city relations between Wenzhou and Ishinomaki was established in October 1984.
Alicante is the capital of the province of Alicante in the Valencian Community. It is located in Spain's well-developed southeast coast and is a beautiful port city. Alicante enjoys a mild climate with an annual average temperature of about 18 ℃ and its lowest temperature in winter is around 10 ℃.
The population of Alicante is around 335,000. With natural advantages endowed by adequate sunshine and long beaches, it boasts a rapidly developing tourism industry and has become one of the eight tourism and resort zones in Europe with an annual reception of 5,000,000 tourists.
Tourism is Alicante's leading industry. Other rapidly growing industries include fruit growing in the primary industry, shoemaking, toys, building materials, food, textiles in the secondary industry, commerce and trade, finance and real estate in the tertiary industry.
Sister city relations between Wenzhou and Alicante was established in December 1995.