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Chinese Porcelain Treasures in Istanbul Expected to Attract Tourists(2002.01.06)
Chinese travelers will be soon able to see the over 10,000 pieces of Chinese porcelain which were kept in Istanbul. Turkey has been approved as a tourism destination for Chinese. The two countries are working out the details. Statistics show over 20,000 Chinese went to Turkey last year on business or for sightseeing.

Priceless Treasures to Become Highlights

According to the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), Turkey and China are working out the details for the tourist visa approval.

Over 10,000 pieces of Chinese porcelain were kept in a palace in Istanbul, thanks to the centuries-old history of ancient merchant trade between the two countries. They are now regarded as priceless treasures in Turkey.

"The news is really good for both of us. We believe Chinese treasures in Istanbul will welcome more Chinese tourists in the near future," said Basak Tug, first secretary of Turkish embassy in China.

Tug said the history of friendship between west and east Asia has attracted many tourists from China.

Tourism to Develop with Protection of Historical Relics

Statistics show over 20,000 Chinese went to Turkey last year on business or for sightseeing. The number will grow rapidly this year, the CNTA predicted.

Experts with the CNTA said the Turkish government aims to develop more tourism resources while protecting historical relics. The two governments can exchange views on ways to better safeguard world cultural heritage.

"In addition to the brilliant civilization, the variety of natural scenic attractions will be as fascinating as the popular Turkish rugs in China," Tug said.

Turkey, like China, is a fast-developing nation. In recent years, the bilateral trade was enhanced along with the frequent personnel exchanges. The overall trade volume exceeded US$1 billion last year and will continue to increase in 2002.

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