The Turk Travelogue: Kang Youwei's Journey to the Ottoman Empire

Fidan G.

BILIG, no.76, pp.227-243, 2016 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Journal Name: BILIG
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.227-243
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Kang Youwei is one of the most prominent intellectuals, reformers and politicians of 20th-century-China. After he was expatriated from China he traveled to numerous countries including the Ottoman Empire. Before he arrived in Istanbul, he was interested in the reform movements taking place in the Ottoman state and society. As a coincidence, he arrived at the capital right after the 1908 revolution and wrote a unique and detailed travelogue about his trip to the Ottoman Capital City. This article aims to examine Kang's perception of the empire and the events that took place.