Asia

Turkish Literature In China

Date: Monday, 04 August 2014

THE BEIJING INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR IS IN ITS 21ST YEAR. AND TURKEY IS THIS YEAR’S COUNTRY OF HONOR.

The Turks and the Chinese… A vibrant and multifaceted relationship going back thousands of years in areas from education and trade to art and culture links these two great, long-standing civilizations. That historic relationship and interaction have turned into strong cultural ties today. To further strengthen those ties, Turkey is the country of honor of the Beijing Book Fair, August 27 to 31. A special program of events is planned for our country around the slogan, “Turkey In All Its Colors”. Sponsors of the program include Turkish Airlines, the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of Education, the Turkish Religious Foundation, and the Turkish Department of Manuscripts.

Cradle Of The Himalayas Nepal

Article: Tunç Fındık Photo: Tunç Fındık Date: Thursday, 01 May 2014

FIRST A RANGE OF RUGGED, SNOW WHITE PEAKS CAME INTO VIEW OUTSIDE THE PLANE’S LEFT WINDOW. THEN WE GLIDED DOWN BETWEEN GREEN, CLOUD-CUDDLED HILLS. A BLAST OF FRESH AIR GREETED US UPON LANDING. WE WERE IN NEPAL… NAMASTE!

My reason this time for coming to Kathmandu, which I love and where I’d always dreamed of returning, was to climb Mt Manaslu, the world’s eighth tallest peak at 8,163 meters. This mountain, whose name means Mountain of the Spirits in Sanskrit, is one of eight peaks above 8,000 meters in the Nepalese Himalayas.

LAND OF FESTIVALS
We are in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu before the climb. Besides the millennia-old city of Bhaktapur, a Unesco cultural heritage, there are colossal cultural treasures here. Nepal, which is home to upwards of 60 ethnic groups from the Gorkhas famous for their proud soldiers to the mountain peasants known as sherpas, boasts a splendid culture characterized by tolerance. The most colorful time in Kathmandu, where a different festival is celebrated practically every day of the year thanks to the country’s diverse ethnic traditions, is the Dasain Festival, the biggest of them all.

JOURNEY TO THE SUMMIT
Like every climb I’ve made in Nepal, the Mt Manaslu expedition began in Kathmandu where I met my team of Chinese and Nepalese mountaineers. Climbs on 8,000-meter mountains in the Himalayas are subject to permission, and we obtained a special climbing permit from the Nepalese government for Manaslu. Climbs to peaks of 8,000 meters, the cruising altitude of a passenger jetliner, are dangerous and hard on the human body. Atmospheric pressure and oxygen in the air drop to one-third at this altitude, which means, in practical terms, that there is little or no oxygen in the air you’re breathing! Many mountaineers who climb to such altitudes use oxygen tanks. High mountains also pose basic risks such as giant avalanches, strong winds and storms, and excessive cold. What’s more, you have to make perilous ascents on steep, difficult walls of rock and ice. When you consider all these factors, the perils of climbing high peaks like Manaslu are even more apparent. And I was going to climb this mountain without using oxygen!

THE FIRST TURK
A pleasant and beautiful trek brings you to the base of Mt Manaslu. In autumn, the season conducive to climbing, this 10-day trek, which starts in the rain forest and follows the Budhi Gandaki River, ends at the 4,900-meter base camp on the border with Tibet. The real climb starts here. At the end of this trek, on which you tour the Buddhist monasteries and see Tibetan culture firsthand, we arrived in the village of Samagaon. Following a ceremony staged here in a small temple by a Buddhist monk, we started the climb over gigantic glaciers rife with crevasses extending all the way to the foothills of the mountain.  To acclimatize our bodies to the altitude, we set up our first camp on the mountain at 6,500 meters. Manaslu is famous for its huge avalanches and we were forced to pass several spots where the risk of avalanche was high. We had to set up four different camps on the mountain, the highest at 7,400 meters. Because of their vast dimensions, 8,000-meter peaks involve logistic difficulties, so climbs like those on Manaslu take more than a month. After consulting the weather report and learning that conditions were suitable for the ascent, our team advanced to its highest camp at 7,400 meters for the final push to the summit. Following an arduous climb in minus 30 degree temperatures we managed to reach the 8,163-meter summit on the morning of September 25. The first Turk to scale Manaslu without using oxygen, I had communed with the Mountain of the Spirits, my tenth eight-thousander. The question now is, when am I going back to Nepal? Because, as everyone always says, “Once is never enough!”

From Istanbul To Bahrain

Date: Thursday, 27 February 2014

MASTERPIECES FROM THE SABANCI UNIVERSITY SAKIP SABANCI COLLECTION: 500 YEARS OF THE ART OF ISLAMIC CALLIGRAPHY, IS AT BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM.

Bahrain National Museum is hosting an exhibition of 86 calligraphic works as part of its 25th anniversary events. Oil paintings featuring examples of the art of calligraphy are also to be seen in this exhibition, which includes Islamic calligraphic manuscripts, examples of bookbinding, Ottoman period diplomatic documents and materials used by the calligraphic masters. Documentary films and special programs on the art of calligraphy accompany the exhibition. Through April 13.

Lahore

Date: Wednesday, 01 January 2014

PLACES TO SEE
01_A walled city, Lahore is also one of the world’s oldest cities. Tour this ancient city with its 13 gates and see Lahore Castle inside it.
02_See Badshahi Mosque, the Shalimar Gardens and Minar-e-Pakistan, the Eiffel Tower of Pakistan.

WHAT TO DO
01_Like their neighbors the Indians, Pakistanis are crazy about cricket. If you have a chance, take in a match at Gaddafi Stadium.
02_Go to the Sufi gathering held every week at the tomb of Shah Jamal and enjoy a unique experience.

LOCAL CULTURE
The city of Lahore, which played host to the Empire of Babur, is known as Pakistan’s center of culture and learning. It’s impossible not to be bowled over by the splendor of the history and architecture of this city, which is known to date back more than 2,000 years.

SHOPPING
The old “Anarkali” markets, famous for their women’s costumes and accessories, are quite popular.

CUISINE
You can find tasty food at restaurants to fit every budget in Lahore, which is known as a gourmet city. “Nihari” stew served with “Kulcha” bread is one of Pakistan’s outstanding dishes.

CLIMATE
Temperatures can soar in summer in Lahore, which has a dry arid climate year round. If you’re not fond of heat, the winter months are ideal for touring Lahore.

LANGUAGE
Punjabi

WHERE IN THE WORLD
South Asia

TIME ZONE
GMT +5

FLIGHTS
Turkish Airlines has Istanbul-Lahore flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with returns on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Great Asian Art

Date: Sunday, 29 December 2013

THE EXHIBITION AND AWARDS CEREMONY OF THE “PRUDENTIAL EYE AWARDS”, WHICH SPOTLIGHT OUTSTANDING EXAMPLES OF CONTEMPORARY ASIAN ART, ARE AWAITING ART LOVERS.

Great Asian Art

The awards ceremony of the “Prudential Eye Awards”, which bring together contemporary Asian artists working in the fields of painting, sculpture, photography and installations, will take place at Suntec City in Singapore on January 18. The accompanying exhibition opens a day ahead of the ceremony and runs through February 5.

India In 5 Questions

Date: Monday, 30 September 2013

THE SEASON IS GETTING UNDERWAY IN INDIA, WHICH BOWLS VISITORS OVER WITH ITS OPULENT PALACES AND VIBRANT STREETS. SO HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW THIS STUNNING COUNTRY?

01- In which city is the Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan as a lasting memorial to his wife Mumtaz Mahal and described by the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore as a teardrop on eternity?

  1. Pushkar
  2. Goa
  3. Agra
  4. Jaisalmer

02- What is the name of the northwestern region of India, a country known for its plurality of faiths?

  1. Rajasthan
  2. Punjab
  3. Kashmir
  4. Pradesh

03- In which month does the Jaipur Literature Festival, which was attended a few years ago by Turkish Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk, take place?

  1. January
  2. February
  3. March
  4. April

04- Where in India, the world’s biggest film producing country, is Bollywood, the country’s film-making capital, located?

  1. Varanasi
  2. Mumbai
  3. Delhi
  4. Goa

05- What is the name of the historic fortress in the hills of Jaipur whose walls are routinely climbed on elephant safaris?

  1. Kumber
  2. Elber
  3. Kamber
  4. Amber

Entertainment Stop In The Far East

Date: Friday, 30 August 2013

WITH ITS CAPTIVATING COLORS AND DIZZYING DYNAMISM, SHANGHAI IS GOING TO BE ONE OF YOUR CHILDREN’S FAVORITE CITIES.

Aquaria 21
Watch the marine creatures at this behemoth of an underwater aquarium and get into the “touch pool”, where you can swim with sharks, if you dare!
Century Park
Children’s playground, golf tour, green labyrinth, fishing –the choice is yours at Shanghai’s largest park. The beautiful buildings alone are reason enough to come here.

Cultural Mosaic: Osh

Date: Friday, 30 August 2013

WITH ITS MULTIPLE ETHNIC GROUPS, THREE-THOUSAND-YEAR-OLD OSH IN KYRGYZSTAN’S FERGANA VALLEY IS MORE OF A HUMAN MOSAIC THAN A CITY.

- Go shopping at the Jayma Bazaar, where you can find everything from traditional kalpaks and tea sets to seasonal fruits and vegetables.
- Climb the rock known as Sulayman Throne, visible from all over the city, and view the landcape.
- Take a hike in the foothills of Sulayman Mountain, Central Asia’s most pristine sacred peak, which is also on the Unesco World Heritage List.
- Examine the artifacts that shed light on the regional culture at Osh’s Historical-Cultural Museum, and learn about nature in Kyrgyzstan.

City Of Tolerance: Kazan

Article: Levent Özçelik Photo: Levent Özçelik Date: Friday, 30 August 2013

ELEGANT MOSQUES SHARE THE SAME SKY WITH TEMPLES OF OTHER FAITHS OVER THE TATARSTAN CAPITAL OF KAZAN, AN IMPRESSIVE CITY WITH UNIQUE ARCHITECTURE AS WELL AS LAKES, RIVERS AND NATURE PARKS OF EXTRAORDINARY BEAUTY.

If you’re tired of revisiting the usual vacation spots, Kazan could be an ideal choice for you. A real discovery. Don’t be fooled by the city’s modern appearance, because when you look  a little closer it will offer you a host of pleasant surprises from architecture and history to nature and culture.
CITY OF MOSQUES
We proceed from Kazan International Airport to the city center along a well-lit highway seemingly through the middle of nowhere. It’s almost morning. My head is filled with information I’ve gleaned about what awaits me here. Albert, the driver, is explaining how the city was impacted by the 2013 Summer Universiade, which ended in July.

Opposite Ends Of The Silk Road

Article: Prof. Dr. Christopher Neumann Illustration: The Design Surgery Date: Wednesday, 31 July 2013

TO SEE HOW ENORMOUS A CONTINENT EURASIA IS ON THE EARTH, IT’S ENOUGH TO LOOK AT A SIMPLE PHYSICAL MAP.

A gigantic land mass, an area of incredible diversity with three subcontinents, Europe, India and China, each a geographical unity, as well as deserts, islands, great rivers, steppes, inland seas and the world’s tallest mountains. But if you didn’t have such a map, how would you get an idea about Eurasia? Let’s say you lived in the time of the great Emperor Justinian I, builder of the Hagia Sophia and the man behind the systematic codification of Roman law.
FROM THE NEW ROME TO CHINA
Were the residents of the New Rome - in other words today’s city of Istanbul, said to have become as much the center of the universe as the capital of the Byzantine Empire with the construction of the Hagia Sophia and the acquisition of the cross on which Jesus was said to have been crucified as a sacred relic - were they entirely aware that they lived at one end of Eurasia?

Verses Imprinted

Date: Wednesday, 31 July 2013

NEW WORKS BY THIRTEEN ARAB MASTER CALLIGRAPHERS ARE BEING SHOWN AT THE ART GALLERY IN DUBAI DURING AND AFTER THE MONTH OF RAMADAN.

Mounted by The Art Gallery, located next to Dubai’s most popular building, Burj Plaza, in collaboration with the Dubai Arab Calligraphy Center, the exhibition, A Verse Imprinted, runs from July 4 through August 31. Featured in this valuable, not-to-be-missed exhibition are calligraphic drawings inspired by the Holy Quran as well as excerpts from the words of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and Arab poetry.

Shades Of Turkey In South Korea

Date: Wednesday, 31 July 2013

THE TURKISH GARDEN AT SUNCHEON BAY GARDEN EXPO 2013 WELCOMED 1,300,000 VISITORS IN 45 DAYS, EARNING THE ADMIRATION AND INTEREST OF ALL.

Suncheon Bay Garden EXPO 2013, which opened its doors to gardening enthusiasts on April 20, runs through October 20. A total of 10 national gardens, 60 theme gardens, a botanical garden and a wetland are all part of the event. One of EXPO’s most eye-catching spots is a bridge decorated with 160,000 art works produced by children around the world. The most-visited national garden so far, the Turkish Garden is expected to welcome some 5 million visitors during the six-month-long fair.

Home Of The Cherry Blossom

Date: Wednesday, 31 July 2013

YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE ENCHANTED BY THIS INCREDIBLE ISLAND AND ITS REMARKABLE CULTURE IN THE CITY KNOWN AS “THE CAPITAL OF THE EAST”.

NATIONAL SCIENCE MUSEUM
Located in Kitanomaru Park, this museum hosts several interactive exhibitions with different displays.
GHIBLI MUSEUM
You will feel you are in a cartoon yourself at this museum inspired by the productions of Japan’s famous Studio Ghibli, producer of so many animated films.
UENO ZOO
Just ten minutes from the nearest metro stop, Ueno is home to numerous species of animals excluding elephants, tigers and pandas.

City Of Warm Waters: Aqaba

Illustration: The Design Surgery Date: Monday, 01 July 2013

A - What to See 01_Tour the ancient settlement area, which dates back to prehistoric times. 02_Visit Aqaba castle. 03_Visit the ancient city of Petra. B - Local Culture Food preparation among the local Bedouin is a ritual of courtesy and hospitality. C - Shopping You’ll find a wide array of gems and jewelry here. D - What to Do 01_Take a diving course and explore some of the underwater world’s most spectacular coral reefs. 02_Join a tour for a closeup of the breathtaking landscape of Wadi Rum in the north.  E - Cuisine Seafood and fish, as well as Arab cuisine. F - Transportation Taxis and minibuses are available.

The Soul Of Japanese Culture: Kansai

Article: Hasan Mert Kaya Photo: Fethi İzan Date: Monday, 01 July 2013

THE KANSAİ REGİON OF JAPAN, A FAR EASTERN COUNTRY WİTH İTS OWN UNİQUE CHARACTER, İS A WHOLE DİFFERENT WORLD WİTH İTS CULTURE, ARCHİTECTURE, NATURAL BEAUTY AND RİCH CUİSİNE.

Osaka is the regional capital, and Kansai Airport is its gateway to the world. Situated on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, the airport reflects the genius of Japanese engineering. The underground is at least as busy as the area above ground here. You can easily get anywhere you want to go on the metro. Bearing in mind our luggage and weariness after a long flight, we opt to take the bus to our hotel. Our awe upon seeing Osaka commences with that brief bus journey. Modern skyscrapers dominate the city’s skyline, and the broad, orderly avenues where traffic moves quietly and in harmony strike us at first glance. Despite its gargantuan population, there is no trace of the chaos of the modern city in Osaka. The spaces created between buildings, and the trees and greenery that line the long avenues as far as the eye can see afford both the city and its people a breath of fresh air. Japanese cultural values are also in evidence in Osaka.

 

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