Thursday، 11 December 2014 12:00 AM
Throughout history, cultural exchange has been one of the most important means of promoting relations between Egypt and China. Not only the old Silk Road was a vehicle for trade between the two countries, but it also played a cultural role in connecting them in old times. Cleopatra’s clothes were weaved of Chinese silk. In Roman times, the textile factories in Alexandria were using Chinese silk. The Chinese porcelain pots were the second largest of China's exports to Egypt after silk. At present, cultural exchange has replaced the Silk Road in cementing friendship and understanding between the two peoples.
- In 1931, first Chinese scholastic mission came to Egypt to study at al-Azhar.
- In 1932, a Royal Edict was signed by King Fouad I of Egypt establishing a special section for Chinese students at al-Azhar. He also presented a gift of 400 copies of the most valuable religious publications to China's Islamic School of Chengdu. Two Azhar scholars were also sent to the school to improve the standard of education provided to students in China.
- In the period from 1932 to 1941, Egyptian researchers in the various fields visited China establishing links with the scientific and educational community there. This proved a solid foundation for cultural ties between the two countries after diplomatic ties were formalized in 1956.
- In 1956, Egypt sent its first educational mission to China. In the same year the Egyptian-Chinese Friendship Association was founded.
- On July 21, 2002, an Egyptian cultural and historical week was held in China's International Park in Beijing; Egypt was also included on the list of the most favored tourist sites for the Chinese people.