Liang Chun, chairman of the Chinese Archery Association, delivered a speech at the opening ceremony. [Photo provided to China Daily]
A Turkish archery exhibition is currently underway at the Beijing Olympic Park since Oct 29. The event, as part of the campaign for Turkey Tourism Year in China, is organized by the Istanbul Archers Foundation and the Chinese Archery Association.
The exhibition, which will last 10 days, is expected to demonstrate the history of archery in Turkey, with archery knowledge and skills promoted in the forms of collection display and interactive experience.
Liang Chun, chairman of the Chinese Archery Association, Necmettin Erdogan, president of the World Ethnosport Confederation, Haydar Yıldız, chief advisor to the Turkish president, Seref Ates, president of the Yunus Emre Institute in Turkey, as well as Abdulkadir Onen, Turkey's ambassador to China, attended and addressed the opening ceremony.
Through real pieces and images, this exhibition not only shows the bows and arrows of diversified forms and for different purposes in Turkey, but also the importance of archery in the development of Turkish civilization.
Visitors experience Turkish archery culture. [Photo provided to China Daily]
Liang said at that ceremony that the exhibition is a further enhancement of China-Turkey friendly relations, and he hoped that China and Turkey will further strengthen exchanges in sports, especially in archery.
"Both Turkey and China have a long history and national characteristics in the field of archery. We can strengthen cultural exchanges and promote understanding between the two peoples through this archery exhibition," said Necmettin Erdogan, president of the World Ethnosport Confederation.
At the event, Chinese and Turkish attendees had in-depth exchanges on the exhibits and Turkish archery culture. Meanwhile, Turkish archers showed their archery skills on the spot, with many Chinese visitors also attracted and were given chances to experience traditional Turkish archery on site.
The two countries agreed to make 2018 the "Turkey Tourism Year", and Turkey plans to host 60 events in China, including music performances, painting exhibitions, as well as events on photography and traditional Turkish handicrafts, literature, films, cuisine and tourism.
Turkey and China are working together to revive the ancient "Silk Road" through shipping and railway under the Belt and Road Initiative.
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