Soak up Chinese culture at book fair
APART from browsing through titles, visitors to the 30th Singapore Book Fair will get a chance to study in a so-called Confucian classroom, where they can put on traditional Chinese costumes, sit at low tables and recite Chinese poems as led by a teacher.
The set-up, part of a section on Chinese culture, is meant to offer visitors a glimpse of how Chinese scholars studied in the past.
The section, which is appearing for the first time at the annual fair, also includes a showcase by Chinese painter and paper sculptor Li Shou Bai and a creativity zone where children can participate in a painting competition.
The Singapore Book Fair takes place at exhibition halls 401 and 402 at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre till Tuesday.
Visitors can browse through a selection of fiction and non-fiction titles from some 150 publishers in the region, as well as magazines, children's books and educational materials.
They can also attend book launches, sit in for seminars on topics like lifestyle and education, and take part in a book swop, where they can exchange books with other avid readers instead of buying new ones.
Admission is free.
THE STRAITS TIMES