Izmir is a metropolitan city in the western extremity of Anatolia and the third most populous city in Turkey, after Istanbul and Ankara, as well as the country’s largest port after Istanbul. With time-honored history, tourism resources and geographic advantage, Izmir has played as Turkey’s major industrial, commercial, foreign trade and shipping centre.
As an important economic centre of Turkey, Izmir is well developed in both industry and agriculture，and the city’s output value ranks second in Turkey, right after Istanbul.
Izmir has almost 4,000 years of recorded urban history and even longer as an advanced human settlement, famous for its many historical sites around the city, such as the ancient city of Ephesus. Besides, millions of foreign tourists are attracted to Izmir for its picturesque and charming scenery every year, especially visiting some typical Mediterranean beaches and places.
Izmir hosted the World University Games (Universiade) in 2005, during which a total of 5,346 athletes from 131 countries and regions participated. Russia topped medals table with 65 ones (26 gold, 16 silver and 23 bronze), followed by China (21 gold, 16 silver and 12 bronze), and Japan (18 gold, 18 silver and 20 bronze) respectively.