Old silk road friends

Updated: 2012-12-31 13:45

By Harvey Dzodin (China Daily)

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Old silk road friends

A reproduction of the famed Nirvana Reclining Buddha of Dunhuang, from the Tang Dynasty, can be seen in Turkey's capital. Provided To China Daily

Visitors to Istanbul between now and early 2013 can savor China's rich history through two exhibitions, Harvey Dzodin reports.

Istanbul has to be one of the most exotic and fabled cities in the world. And now two of its iconic buildings are sharing history's stage with two exceptional exhibitions from China. Recognizing the growing importance of bilateral relations, Chinese and Turkish officials designated 2012 as the Year of Chinese Culture in Turkey and 2013 as the Year of Turkish Culture in China. Those lucky enough to be in Istanbul are the beneficiaries of this modern day cultural reconnection of the ancient Silk Road.

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