BOOK lovers will be able to commute between Shenzhen and Hong Kong on free shuttle buses from July 19 to 22 as book fairs will be held in both cities, announced the organizing committee of the 28th National Book Expo yesterday.
The 28th National Book Expo will be held in Shenzhen between July 19 and 22, with 200,000 books on exhibit at its main venue, the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center, said the organizer Shenzhen Publishing and Circulation Group.
The book fair in Shenzhen coincides with the 29th Hong Kong Book Fair, an influential book fair in Asia that will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center from July 18 to 24. The book fair in Hong Kong will see 680 exhibitors from 37 countries and regions.
Shuttle buses departing from the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center will leave for the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., while the return buses will depart from Hong Kong at 3, 4 and 5 in the afternoon during the four-day national book fair, according to the organizing committee.
However, the committee is still in negotiations with the two convention and exhibition centers to confirm the pick-up and drop-off locations.
The main venue of the National Book Expo will be a 50,000-square-meter exhibition area in Halls 1, 2 and 5, and books at the fair will be sold at a 20-percent discount.
The five subvenues, located in five Shenzhen Publishing and Circulation Group bookstores, will also provide exhibition areas totaling 50,000 square meters.
The Book City Luohu store will mainly exhibit books on humanities and social sciences. The Book City Nanshan and Futian stores will feature books and literature for minors. Bao'an has set a target of turning the fair into a reading carnival, while the Book City Longgang store, as the first intelligence-based Book City, will hold the Intelligence and Book Industry Development Forum.
Aiming to promote reading among all residents, the book fair in Shenzhen will be free of charge. Visitors can get tickets at the five subvenues by showing a valid photo ID.
Participants can also reserve tickets by scanning the QR codes attached to this page. Tickets are limited, so visitors are advised to get their tickets as early as possible.
The organizing committee sent out 400,000 tickets to primary and secondary schools all around Shenzhen to encourage student participation.
The ticket-booking system is in Chinese, so expatriate visitors who do not speak the language can get tickets online on the day they visit with the help of volunteers at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center, or in advance with help from Chinese-speaking friends.
Free tickets to the National Book Expo will also be distributed at book stores, libraries and public places in several key cities near Shenzhen, including Dongguan, Huizhou, Zhuhai, Hong Kong and Macao.
According to Cao Yu, deputy general manager of Shenzhen Publishing and Circulation Group, the book fair in Shenzhen will not set up a special exhibiting area for books in foreign languages other than Chinese, but the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF), held in the capital city around September each year, exhibits and sells original books from foreign publishers.
Apart from exhibiting and trading books, the National Book Expo will also feature more than 400 activities including new book launches, book salons, forums, parent-child reading workshops and so on.
More than 150 authors from home and abroad will be invited to the four-day book fair in Shenzhen to give talks or join forums.
The globally well-known Israeli writer Yuval Noah Harari, author of "Sapiens: A brief history of humankind" and "Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow," will release the third installment of the trilogy in Hall 5 on July 20 at 6 p.m.
The National Book Expo is organized in a different city each year. This will be Shenzhen's second time hosting the national book fair in 22 years since the 7th National Book Expo was held at Shenzhen's first Book City in Luohu District in 1996.