02 October Wednesday

China’s Consul General Visits Sultanahmet Square, Meets Tourists

The Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Istanbul, Mr Cui Wei met with tourists from his native country at Sultanahmet Square, one of the city's most-visited tourist destinations.

In his visit to the historical square, Mr. Wei was accompanied by Mr. Engin Ulusoy, Head of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s (IMM) Municipal Police Department, who briefed the Consul General about the activities of the IMM. For the duration of the visit, Mr. Wei and Mr. Ulusoy conversed in Turkish, the common language understood by all members of the accompanying Chinese delegation.

Many Chinese tourists celebrated their country's 70th anniversary in Istanbul, as October 1 is a public holiday in the People's Republic of China. On his native country’s national day, Mr. Wei chose to join Chinese tourists in Istanbul at Sultanahmet Square. As part of the visit, Mr. Wei and his accompanying delegation were hosted by the tourist squads of the IMM’s Municipal Police Department.

During his trip, Mr. Wei reminded that İSMEK (IMM Vocational and Arts Training Center) was offering Chinese courses for Istanbul residents, and noted that his Consulate was ready to cooperate with the IMM to increase the quality of this service. “Speaking the same language helps people fraternize more easily. My assumption is that more Chinese tourists will visit Turkey in the coming period,” Mr. Wei said.

Commencing his remarks by expressing his happiness to host his guests, Mr. Ulusoy said, “First of all, I convey to you the greetings of Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu. I would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China with my best wishes. With our teams, we strive to make every guest coming to our country feel at home.”

The two delegations then walked to the Hagia Sophia Square where they also met with a group of tourists from China.

Sultanahmet Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and listed as one of the world’s oldest squares.

 




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