Founded in the 7th century, Bulgaria is one of the oldest countries of the European continent. It is intersected by historically important routes from northern and eastern Europe to the Mediterranean basin and from western and central Europe to the Middle East. Its location and the frequent travel of people and goods from ancient Rome, Greece and Byzantium as well as the centuries of Ottoman rule were fundamental to Bulgaria’s development which is visible in the country's architecture, folk songs and dances. Bulgaria is a mix of Eastern and Western cultures which is evident in its cuisine, its architecture, and its religious heritage.
Bulgaria and China
Bulgaria was the second country worldwide to recognize the People’s Republic of China in 1949. The Balkans were among the first regions to open their doors to Chinese immigrants in 1990s. In recent years, economic and trade relations between China and Bulgaria have been developing dynamically and great successes in this field were achieved. Bulgaria is considered a getaway for Chinese enterprises to enter the European market. The biggest Chinese investments are in electrical, engineering, IT, telecom, environmental protection and trade sectors (i.e Huawei Technologies, ZTE Corporation-Zhong Xing Telecommunication Equipments Company Limited, SVA Group etc). Bulgarian products such as yogurt, wine and rose essence oil have a good reputation in the Chinese market, while corn, alfalfa, dairy products and tobacco have great potential for export to China.