China and Iran relationship is a deep and historical one since at least 200 BC. Due to the existence of the Silk Road and influences of both countries on the traded items and cultural aspects on the road, there has always been a great bond between the two nations. While their relationship is not only economical, but also cultural and political, it is centered on China’s energy needs and Iran’s abundant resources. As a result, China has become Iran’s number one oil customer and trading partner. In return, China has provided Iran with the technological know-how to develop its energy resources. Here, we are going to briefly write about China and Iran relationship in both historical and modern era.
Historical Relationship between China and Iran
China and Iran have been connected both economically and culturally via the Silk Road throughout history. They had a number of contacts during the Han, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming empires of China and Parthians and Sassanid empires of Iran/ Persia.
According to the historical documents in China, thirteen ambassadors of Persia traveled to China during the Sassanid Empire. Due to the findings of Sassanid coins in southern China, it is confirmed that the nations had maritime trade.
Since both empires gained interests from the trades on the Silk Road, they cooperated in guarding the road, especially in central Asia.
Even after the Islamic conquest of Persia, the country continued its relations with China Empire. The only time that the two nations had a challenge was in the 751 over the control of the Syr Darya region. Later, when the battle finished, there were no more conflicts between the empires. Even, the Zoroastrianism and polo were exported to China. During the Mongol-Yuan period, Chinese and Persian enjoyed close relations, with nearly annual diplomatic exchanges between the two.
During this time, the Chinese exported astronomical tools and discoveries, printing, paper money, sancai, and porcelain to Persia. It is also believed that some Chinese astronomers worked at observatory center in Maragheh alongside with Iranian astronomers.
Cultural similarities between China and Iran
Since the two countries are ancient civilizations China and Iran relationship is so deep. As a result, it is not a surprise that they have many things in common. In fact, they have three cultural similarities between these two nations.
First of all, they are both respectful to toward elders in general and one’s own parents in particular. Moreover, both nations deem their historical monuments and cultural heritages as integral parts of their cultures. They are proud of their rich history and believe that their great pasts and cultural legacies motivated them to attain success, prosperity, and peace. In addition, they give gifts to their loved ones on different occasions, such as birthdays, weddings, and New Year’s holidays.
China and Iran Relationship in the Modern Era
With the formation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979, the economic, cultural, and political relationships between the two countries steadily increased over time.
Regarding the economic growth, it is good to know that, the Iran-China Chamber of Commerce and Industries (I.C.C.C.I.), had 65 members in 2001, the chamber currently has 6,000 members. This is obvious evidence of the expansion of the relationship. Today, Iran mainly exports oil and gas to China, and China exports a wide range of products to Iran, including machinery, electrical and electronic equipment, vehicles, and lighting.
In addition to all these trades, in 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping introduced a huge project called One Belt One Road (OBOR). The project focuses on improving connectivity and cooperation among multiple countries spread across the continents of Asia, Africa, and Europe. According to Chinese speaker, Iran is at the strategic crossroads along this path. Therefore, it is expected that the cooperation between the two countries develops even further.
Iran waives visa for Chinese Tourists
According to the Tourism Chief of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran, Vali Teymouri, as of 2 July 2019, the Chinese tourists visiting Iran will no longer need to obtain visas.
The decision is made as a result of China and Iran relationship which is valuable to Iranian authorities. In addition, the Iranian government tries to attract more Chinese tourists to the country. Tourism Board Chief, Ali Asghar Mounesan told IRNA that “we aim to host two million Chinese tourists per year using our country’s numerous attractions”. According to IRNA, some 52,000 Chinese tourists visited Iran during the 12 months to March. It is expected that by waiving the visa for Chinese tourists, more people visit the country.
In another bid to boost tourist arrivals, Iran recently announced it would no longer stamp visitors’ passports, allowing them to bypass a US entry ban on travelers who have visited the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Dedicated Travel Package of Iran for Chinese Tourists
Due to the great connections between two nations and considering China and Iran relationship we believe that the countries could be a great tourism destination for the other one. As we are always concerned about delivering the right services to our customers, our experts at Ghoghnos Travel Agency, have done great market research to understand the expectations of Chinese visitors planning to travel to Iran. As a result, we planned a dedicated travel package of Iran for our Chinese clients.
The eight days classic tour covers all the essentials of Iran. By traveling with this tour, you will have the chance to visit the bests of Iran’s sightseeing in Tehran, Kashan, Isfahan, Shiraz, and Yazd.
To maximize your convenience, we have considered the best Chinese speakers travel guides in Iran to show you around the country and tells you the stories behind every wall.
To book this tour, you can simply book it online through our website, or contact our experts. Please note that you can always customize your trip according to your own interests and desires.
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