Turkey is an Islamic country across Eurasia, and it is known as the "cradle of civilization". The Republic of Turkey was found in October 29th 1923. On August 7th, the junior journalist delegation came to Turkish Embassy and had an interview with the Press and Culture officials. We had such great time with the Cultural Counsellor Mrs. Ilknur Yigit.
Mrs. Yigit siad: "I came to China for work in summer 2010. My term is for three years. Next year will be Turkey Culture Year in China. I will stay longer in China and help more Chinese friends to learn more about Turkey."
When a student asked about the Turkish children and their study and living status, Mrs. Yigit said that in Turkey, the children have the same study loads as Chinese kids. They are busy in the school every day and have limited free time to play; however, they are doing very well in their study.
Regarding to the cultural exchanges between China and Turley, Mrs. Yigit said: "China and Turkey had very close communication in 2000 years ago. The most famous "the Silk Road" started in China and ended in Turkey. 2010 was the 40th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relationships between China and Turley. 2012 is the Chinese Cultural Year in Turkey and 2013 is the Turkish Year in China. Both countries have many cultural exchange events cross many areas. During the Chinese Year in Turkey, there were many traditional Chinese performances, such as lion dance, Chinese drama and etc. Next year, Turkey will organize many events like unique crafts show, cuisines festival and film festival to fully demonstrate the country to all Chinese people.
When answering the questions regarding to study in Turkey, Mrs. Yigit said that if a student wants to study in Turkey, the first thing he needs to do is to learn Turkish. The biggest advantage of studying or living in Turkey is to visit Istanbul, which is the biggest city cross Asia and Europe in the world. You can learn so many things about Asian culture and European culture as well as the mixed one of the two.
Mrs. Yigit also introduced the Turkish tourism. There are beautiful mountains, waters, forests and oceans in the country, very similar to China. The most important thing to do when visiting Turkey is to respect to their Muslim culture, especially in diet. When receiving help from other people in the country, a small gift can be really appreciated by others. They will always be happy to help more other people.
Time flied quickly and the interview came to the end. The friendly manners and passion of the junior journalists left great impressions to Mrs. Yigit. Before leaving the embassy, the students presented their gifts to her and took pictures as mementos.