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Xi'an promotes reading as a lifestyle

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Updated: 2018-04-25

Xi'an promotes reading as a lifestyle

Xi'an launches the 12th reading month in the Xi'an International Trade and Logistics (ITL) Park on April 22. [Photo/itl.gov.cn]

Xi'an, Northwest China's Shaanxi province intends to start a reading craze by hosting the 12th reading month in the Xi'an International Trade and Logistics (ITL) Park on April 22.

Sponsored by the publicity department of the Xi'an Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Xi'an Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV, Film, Press and Publication, the annual event will host a series of 261 activities with an aim to promote civil reading.

At the ceremony, primary students chanted chapters of Di Zi Gui, a classic Chinese text that follows Confucian doctrine in emphasizing the basic requisites for being a good person and the guidelines for living in harmony with others.

Wu Yilun, director of the Xi'an Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV, Film, Press and Publication delivered a plaque to the park's "Red Bookstore", focusing on revolution-themed books. Other government representatives donated books and broadcasting equipment to the bookstore.

Xi'an promotes reading as a lifestyle

Famous writer Ye Guangqin delivers a speech during the launching ceremony, inviting all the citizens to get involved in the reading activities. [Photo/itl.gov.cn]

Renowned writer Ye Guangqin delivered a speech during the launching ceremony, inviting all the citizens to get involved in the reading activities ahead of the 23rd World Book Day, which was organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright.

The reading initiative strikes the right note by offering a gateway to knowledge and understanding of time-honored history and splendid culture of the centuries-old city. The spiritual treasure brings people wisdom and an open mind, and helps build a harmonious city, according to Ye.

The ceremony also witnessed the launching of the first application in Xi'an that advocates a good living habit by pursuing reading and exercising, following the Chinese saying of "Read ten thousand books, travel ten thousand miles".

Li Pingwei, deputy Party secretary of the ITL Park said that the park will continuously improve the cultural infrastructure and encourage popular participation in all types of cultural activities.

He hopes that each resident should treat books seriously and make reading be a close part of their life.

The number of brick-and-mortar bookstores in Xi'an has surged from 827 by the end of 2016 to 1,296 in 2017, up by 57 percent. Varieties of book bars, 24-hour bookstores and self-service libraries have also been opened to enrich the lives of the residents.

Xi'an promotes reading as a lifestyle

Wu Yilun (L), director of the Xi'an Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV, Film, Press and Publication delivers a plaque to the park's "Red Bookstore". [Photo/itl.gov.cn]

Japanese delegation tour around ITL Park

2018-04-24

A group of guests from Japan toured around the Xi'an International Trade and Logistics (ITL) Park – a major part of China (Shaanxi) Pilot Free Trade Zone, on April 13.

Japanese craftworks sold at ITL Park

2018-04-24

The first bonded imported craftworks auction in West China came to a close at the Midwest Inland Port Financial Town in Xi'an International Trade and Logistics (ITL) Park on April 15.