HONG KONG, July 20 (Xinhua) -- The 27th Hong Kong Book Fair opened here on Wednesday, with Chinese martial arts literature as its overarching theme, highlighting Hong Kong's influence on the genre since the 1950s and 60s.
Organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), this year's event welcomes a record 640 exhibitors from 35 countries and regions.
The Chinese Martial Arts Literature exhibition introduces readers to eight esteemed Chinese martial arts novelists from different eras, including Liang Yusheng, Jin Yong and Gu Long.
The zone also displays valuable historical artefacts such as manuscripts, first editions and adapted comics and films while the Literary Giant -- Jin Yong and Louis Cha exhibition showcases the work of one of the most influential modern Chinese martial arts novelists of all time.
"The theme this year is 'Reading the World -- Heroism and Romance of the Chinese Martial World'," said HKTDC Executive Director Margaret Fong. "Apart from echoing the Theme of the Year, we also hope to cultivate a love for reading, so that people enjoy a more colorful life in a more beautiful world."
In addition to the diverse selection of reading materials on offer, more than 360 on-site cultural activities are arranged during the seven-day fair to deepen visitors' understanding and appreciation of different cultures.
Foreign consulates and associations from 25 countries and regions are showcasing cultural highlights to stimulate the interest of children and adults alike. Participating consulates include those from Belgium, Germany, Israel, Peru, South Africa and the United States.
The Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macao is also offering elementary French lessons and an introduction to French comics while columnist, blogger and food photographer Poyee Lee is sharing her experience of the French lifestyle.