"Turkey Corner", consisting of books about Turkey in Turkish, Chinese and other foreign languages, was opened at the Guangzhou City Library in China. The events organized under the name "Anatolian Breeze", which includes the opening program for Turkey Corner, will continue for a month.
The organized within the scope of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Turkey and the People's Republic of China are carried out through the collaboration of the Republic of Turkey's Consulate General in Guangzhou and Yunus Emre Institute. Within the scope of the event that is carried out under the theme of Anatolian Breeze, a Turkey Corner that consists of more than 400 books was opened in the Guangzhou Library. Authorities mentioned that the Guangzhou Library was one of the largest libraries in China and emphasized that the said project would be a great source of prestige for the promotion of Turkey.
With the opening held at the Guangzhou Library on December 2, 2021, the cultural events under the theme of Anatolian Breeze, which will continue for a month, were also commenced.
Within the scope of the program, the marbling exhibition consisting of 33 works by Assoc. Prof. Hicabi Gülgen from Uludağ University, Turkish-Islamic Art History Department will be open for Chinese art lovers for a month.
TURKISH COFFEE DAY WAS ALSO CELEBRATED
Within the scope of the Anatolian Breeze program, the promotion of Turkish coffee and Turkish coffee culture was carried out through an interactive presentation on December 5 World Turkish Coffee Day, declared by UNESCO in 2013.
Throughout the program in which different elements of Turkish culture will be introduced, there will also be a presentation in Chinese that will explain the life and literary character of Yunus Emre, the Turkish Sufi, poet and thinker, on his 700th death anniversary within the scope of Turkish Literature Conference. In addition, baglama concerts and Turkish film screenings will also meet with the audiences.
In another event that will be held on December 25, 2021 within the scope of the program, the Tastes of Anatolia will be introduced. At the event, Turkish cuisine will be introduced to the Chinese people through its healthy and rich contents.
A FIRST IN CHINA: TURKEY MEMORIAL FOREST IS OPEN
Turkey Memorial Park in Guangzhou, China was opened with the participation of a group of Turks and Chinese at Haizhu Park.
The first memorial forest of Turkey was opened in China with the program organized by the Republic of Turkey's Consulate General in Guangzhou and prepared by Yunus Emre Institute for the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Turkey and China. Consul General Mehmet Kurtuluş Aykan, Province of Guangdong Foreign Affairs Office Deputy General Director Qian Hongjie, Guangzhou Municipality Deputy Secretary General Zhang Wentao, Guangzhou Foreign Office Deputy Inspector Ma Manhe, Haizhu Region Deputy Mayor Zhang Yongliang and many Turkish and Chinese guests participated in the opening program.
At the program, the celebration message of the Republic of Turkey's Ambassador in Beijing Emin Önen was read. In his message, Önen emphasized that the opening of the memorial forest was realized in a period when the relations between Turkey and China were rapidly developing in every field and said, "This memorial forest is one of the many concrete outcomes of our deep-rooted relations and developed cooperation".
"AS OUR TREES TAKE ROOT AND GROW, OUR RELATIONS WILL IMPROVE AND STRENGTHEN"
In his speech, Consul General Mehmet Kurtuluş Aykan emphasized the importance attested to the trees and forests by the Turkish nation. Aykan mentioned that a tree was planted nearby all historical structures in Anatolia before the construction started and continued his speech as follows:
"We are here as the representatives of a culture which is centers trees around their relationship with the nature and which attests great importance to trees. We know that trees represent existence, life, vitality and abundance before anything else. Wherever we are in the world, the environment we live is our heritage from the past and custody of the future. It is not enough just to protect the nature; we must also exhibit the tenacity of embellishing the nature and leaving it to the future. The best heritage we can leave today for future is a clean and green nature. These ceremonies we hold for the 50th anniversary of our diplomatic relations will each become a strong bridge between our countries. As our social communication increases, we will get to know each other better."
Each Chinese official also delivered a speech at the opening. In his speech, Qian Hongjie pointed out that the tree planting event represented the diversity and extensive future of the friendly cooperation between Turkey and China and said, "Through today's memorial tree planting event, we hope that the seeds of friendship between Turkey and China continue to take root, bring about new vitality and bring about friendly exchanges and new opportunities for pragmatic cooperation between the two locations."
In his speech, Zhang Wentao said, "I hope the tree of friendship, which we have planted together on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, will witness more productive results for the cooperation between the two parties in fields such as education, culture and tourism."
With the protocol after the speeches, a tree plantation ceremony was held with the Turkish and Chinese guests.
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS BETWEEN TURKEY AND PRC EVENTS
December 1, 2021 Wednesday
Turkey Yunus Emre Memorial Forest
December 2, 2021 Thursday
Opening Ceremony for the Turkey Corner to be created at the Guanco Library
December 5, 2021 Sunday
World Turkish Coffee Day
December 12, 2021 Sunday
Turkish Literature Talks (Online)
December 19, 2021 Sunday
Strings of Soul: Baglama Concert (Online)
December 25, 2021 Saturday
Panel: Tastes of Anatolia
January 8, 2022 Saturday
One Step Closer to Anatolia (Film screening)
January 9, 2022 Sunday
One Step Closer to Anatolia (Film screening)