Welcoming the Future with Green

Turkish Pavilion Celebrates National Day at Beijing Horticultural EXPO

Beijing, China - Turkey celebrated its National Day event at the Turkish Pavilion at Beijing Horticultural Expo over the past few days. With a theme of “Welcoming the Future with Green” the event entertained attendees with a spectacular Turkish visual and audio feast, comprising Turkish Whirling Dervish and flute performances, and a Turkish flower-inspired jewelry exhibition. A wide variety of Turkish goods such as jewelry, nuts, olive oil and cereals were on display, attracting many trade partners.

Ruhsar Pekcan, Minister of Trade of Turkey; and Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey; Zhou Jianping, executive deputy director general of Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition Coordination Bureau; and Mrs. Müge Varol Ilicak, EXPO Beijing 2019 Commissioner General of Turkey, were among officials who attended the National Day of the Turkish Pavilion and delivered speeches.

Zhou Jianping, executive deputy director general of the Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition Coordination Bureau, said, “Turkey is a key regional power in the world, connecting Asia and Europe and occupying an important place in China’s Belt and Road Initiative. With the deepening strategic partnership between China and Turkey, the economic, trade, cultural and tourism cooperation and exchanges between the two countries have become more dynamic and grown to a new level. The creatively designed Turkish Pavilion shows the important role Turkey is to play in the development of a green world. It also showcases the long history, unique culture and quality products of Turkey, further promoting the friendship and trade between the two countries.”

The National Day event started with a Buggy Car parade, which was followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony jointly held by officials from China and Turkey, and culminated in an exotic performance of Turkish singing and folk dancing. Attendees were then entertained by exciting shows from the famous Turkish flute artist, Burcu Karadag, and a Whirling Dervish group. Guests and visitors also learned about the finely crafted Turkish jewelry through a special jewelry exhibition.

The Turkish Pavilion showed Turkey’s great potential for trade during the National Day event, exhibiting jewelry, high-quality nuts and oil as well as a rich variety of cereals and cereal products. Attendees experienced Turkey’s trade prowess and the country’s confidence and determination in enhancing its partnership and cooperation with China.

Mrs. Müge Varol Ilicak, EXPO Beijing 2019 Commissioner General of Turkey said that her team had received great help and support from the Beijing Horticultural Expo during the construction of the pavilion and preparation of the National Day event. “We believe the concepts of production, cooperation and sharing have important implications for eco-friendly and sustainable development,” she said. “We’d like to build on the great success of last year’s ‘Turkey Year’ to introduce Turkey to China and grasp the opportunity offered by China’s further opening up to further strengthen our economic and trade ties.”

The Turkish Pavilion, under the theme “Welcoming the Future with Green”, has a total display area of 2,400 square meters, making it one of the largest pavilions in the Expo. During the six-month Expo, the Turkish Pavilion will hold a variety of cultural and promotional activities and shine a light on specialties and local industries from each of Turkey’s regions to further expand the cultural, economic and trade exchanges between China and Turkey.