The Beijing International Book Fair, one of the largest book publishing trade fairs in the world and the biggest event in Asia’s literary calendar, opened on September 14 as a hybrid event of diverse digital and physical activities.
The annual event, now in its 28th edition, ran until September 18 at the main venue, the new China International Exhibition Center in Beijing’s Shunyi District, with the virtual fair taking place via a new digital platform launched on its official website and app.
This year’s fair has adopted advanced technologies like 5G and VR for immersive activities such as exhibitions, promotions, seminars and online livestreams.
Some 300,000 titles are on display from nearly 2,200 exhibitors from 105 countries and regions, among which are 57 countries that are part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Among countries being represented for the first time are Algeria, Laos, Palestine, Denmark and Finland.