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Record 640 booksellers descend on city’s fair


Record 640 booksellers descend on city’s fair
Workers prepare for the Hong K ong Book Fair in Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on July 19, 2016. (Edmond Tang / China Daily)

HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s annual book fair, one of the city’s major fairs, has attracted a record 640 booksellers this year – the highest number in its 27-year history.

Apart from a 9 percent increase in the number of exhibitors this year over last, sellers from Chile, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Portugal and Russia will also join the seven-day book gala for the first time, according to Benjamin Chow Kai-leung, deputy executive director of Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), organizer of the fair.

The fair, to be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from July 20 to 26, is expected to receive over 1 million visitors.

For the first time, the book fair will be planned around a single theme, with this year’s theme being Chinese martial arts literature.

A special exhibition dedicated to eight local notable martial arts novelists including Jin Rong and Gu Long is planned. Popular works from them, including manuscripts and serials printed in early newspapers, will be showcased.

Another highlight of this year's fair is “A Journey to the Silk Road: Shaanxi and India”, an exhibition which will display ancient artifacts from regions along the Silk Road. Among all the exhibits, two terracotta warriors and a piece of India eaglewood valued at HK$3 million are expected to grab the most attention.

Besides the book fair and themed exhibition, the HKTDC is also actively engaged in hosting over 600 cultural events in the city – such as authors’ talks and family reading clubs –from late June to the end of July.

Meanwhile, this year's book fair is determined to be environmentally friendly by charging for irresponsible book discarding, as well as through donating surplus books to the needy.

During the fair, several recycling boxes will be placed in the host venue for exhibitors to deposit books they don't want to take away with them but which have market value. Such books will be either donated or recycled.

Exhibitors who leave their books on the site will be charged an extra fee when they apply for the fair next time. The fee, yet to be revealed, will be returned to the exhibitors if they stop throwing away books on the site.

Visitors who enter the fair before 12 noon will get HK$10 off the HK$25 entrance ticket. And visitors who buy tickets for entry on July 20 and 21 are allowed to enter the fair for free after 7 pm on any day from July 22 to 24, provided they can show the ticket stubs.

The fair will be open from 10 am to 10 pm on July 20, 21, 24 and 25, 10 am to 12 midnight on July 22 and 23, and 9 am to 5 pm on July 26.

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