days in istanbul.

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we left shanghai for istanbul in April 28th, 8:30pm set off from pudong airport for istanbul airport. but we must got check in beijing airport firstly then we could left china . something i faced in airport sounds funny. that day the weather is 15-22degree , not hot but also not cold. then i wore only one piece of clothes. when was passing the check door, the bell was ringing. as i have some metallic ornaments on my body.they one women inspector said to me " can you take off your clothes?" oh god, i though in mind, i only have this coat with me, how can i take that off ? want to laugh ,but hard to say that scene. then we are told not to laugh with another inspector,he also want to lol. ada QiQi. two colleagues ,they also suffered take off shoes, unstrape their ties on jeans.

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After we boarded on the plane. took us nearly 14 hours flight. we arrived in istanbul. the weather there was just turn to sunny.that was 6oclock in the early morning, a little chill outside the airport. but it`s ok,we got our guider with bus wait out the airport.that`s not bad. one the way to hotel. guide took us detoured for us could view some local buildings , humen, views.etc. we are so exciting to took out camera out ,grasp pics. when we passed by a clinick,there were many senior students on the road side, suddenly met with our sight, so happy they were wave hands and yelled somthing we cound not understood. we also did that . that`s the first time we feel the hospitality of the kids in turkey . but following many interesting and funnny things made us have unforgetable good times in istanbul in turkey .

As we went to there in a group with many companies, so where we went, would attract many attention. check in Radisson sas hotel. move to our room, tired, anyway all were new to us, we were eager to know more of this city. ....

The first day we did not settle down on business and fair. we should prepare the fair stand, before we headed for the fair center. we traveled to taksim square area for our lunch, it`s chinese resturant.waiters were local people, but some of them could understand chinese. great. regarding the dishes , we were hard to say , that not traditional chinese flavour.combined chinese with local flavour. many chinese could not eadure that much. but to me, it`s ok . ^ ^ . finished our lunch. prepared for the fair .once we arrived the place of fair.

noisy, dusty,crash. the entrance was blocked with cars.  really tough for us to bring with 80KG goods to enter in the hall. when we were worrying. one turkish guy, cry with loud voice, approach to us. but really we could understand what his meaning. luckly could feel he want to help us . that let`s felt so happy. unadorned and warmhearted. with his effort.we entered and got our stand smoothly. for polite and thanks. we offered tip for him. then the following preparing work was not easy. washing, cleaning, hang advertisment. adjust height of stand.etc. we did not have any tools.but because of the local people`s kindly help. we solved all that. how happy we were !

Funny and interesting happend around us

In dining room in hotel. waiters were so kindly and happy.

everytime we went there for breakfast. they arrange for our seat. pour coffee. still remember one waiter called Fatih. greet with us when we were have meal. asked our name, play with us. make flower with tissue for ada. made  us happy breakfast time. and once your thought of him, then remember Mr bean. that really funny. we all like him .

In fair center

Everyday many people visited the fair. from kids to oldsters. all ages were easy to found. once they passed by. we would show our smile and kindly nodding.they also kindly smiled back . many guys came our stand. felt like old friends. chat about china.been to china before. and several mins later. they would say about dinner or what our plan in night. something like that. some guys came back again and agin.

just greeting and smile. even we hardly find common language to communicate. really funny.   shake hands, greet merhaba, face kisses. hug. even someone mentioned about marriage with them. so warmhearted. that make you felt a little hard to breath. sometimes considerate of their meaning and intention . that really hard to say. then everytime when i chated with local people we would say"people here are so hospitality, kind, warmhearted " only could find these words show my feeling.

Mistook by japanese or korea

No matter in the fair or on street or in shpping center.  when we walked by. the local people would try to find japanese  ,korean and chinese to greeting . sometimes they directly greet with" nihao , china?" to us, that made us feel interesting and funny.

sometimes , they could not identified we are chinese ,japanese or korean. they would try to say the goodbye in japanese. hello in korean . so funny.  even when i was in the fair WC.i met a turkish girl. we smiled to each other, she asked of my company. location in china. we exchanged business card. well that all are so nice and interesting that days . compared with chinese people. normally we are not as extravert as westen people. so that why we felt so happy and funny that days

Travel around

For we were mainly for business, so till the last day in istanbul. we could go out and travel around. after breakfast. we headed for the local construction materail street for looking. the street is a little fluctuant.the road is busy but not so wide.

so at rush hour, easy to get traffic jam. the local standers, building more like to use stond or marble to decorate. not as morden as hangzhou , but the historical feel is more strong. everywhere you could find mosque. half ball roof. and carven pics on the mosque. let you feel the long history . and many wall of long age on the street. combined with the morden city. that`s the special of the city ,i guess.

Blue mosque.

So famouse in istanbul. we also feel the awesome building . the superb structures of the mosque. long history placed with the color of age. somehow could feel that solomn and heavenliness. ourside is a large yard.  paved with white marble, the wall also made of that. when enter into the hall . everybody should take off shoes.

near the new palace
women wear skirts should packed with long cloth. one my foot strided into the hall, stepped on the carpet. so soft, looked up the ceiling. felt the huge space and magnificant of the building . that really special.

Agia sophia and egypt stele. also has long history. everywhere show the past and history.

bospherous Cruise

That the bay seperate the istanbul into two part, asia part and euro part. along the strait there are many classic buildings. inverted reflection in water like mirror , also like a perfect picture. there is also a famous luxury ship along the bank specially for gambling. only play on the ship is permitted in istanbul. looks so spectacular. one the cruise . faced with breeze. blue sky decorated by light cloud.

near bosphorous
under the ship was pure blue sea water. fresh air around you  . sea mew fly for different directions, up and down . that feeling was so special . you were the actress and actor in that picture.

Spice market

WOO. you can felt that crowd and busy . people came and gone. different language ,voice combined together. all kinds of local goods. hawker bargain with customers. so busy. ................

Taksim Square is also welcome for many visiters. near there also a walking street. many stores and stands.

Felt so much want to express , but hard to type with words of that feelings . if you are interested. go there to feel it. that the best way to know more of istanbul. know more about the hospitality of local people....:D

Bluetraveler says:
Wow! I'm glad that you liked my great city :))
Nice story :)
Posted on: Dec 07, 2009
Orkide48 says:
I was in Istanbul with my fellow students many years ago when I was studying to be a teacher. Great city with so much history:)
Posted on: Dec 17, 2008
skydiver says:
I've been to Istanbul last year for a couple of days and loved it so much. It's such a great city.
Posted on: Jun 20, 2008
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