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Chinese books find an audience overseas

Updated: 2022-03-18 08:05 ( China Daily )
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Children display Chinese learning cards in front of an exhibition booth of the Confucius Institute at the University of Vienna during the Vienna International Book Fair in November 2021.[Photo/Xinhua]

More of the nation's contemporary authors and new translations of ancient literary classics are proving popular with foreign readers, Yang Yang reports.

In December 2021, the Arabic translation of Chinese history book Zhongguo Lishi Shiwujiang (Fifteen Lectures on Chinese History) by Zhang Qizhi won the first prize of 2021 Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding.

Founded in Doha, Qatar, in 2015, the award has become one of the most important awards in the Arabic-language world to honor translators.

Fifteen Lectures on Chinese History, published by Peking University Press in 2003, has been well-received in China and has enjoyed numerous reprints since. The writer, Zhang, a famous historian in China, uses simple language to help the reader navigate the zigzag course of Chinese history from ancient times to today.

The book covers topics such as the origin of Chinese civilization, the alternation of dynasties, insights into the prosperous times of the Han (206 BC-AD 220), Tang (618-907) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, communication and transportation, ethnic relationships, art and literature, politics, legal systems, agriculture, industry, military theory and practice, social life, and science and technology, among many others.

The Arabic translation was launched in 2018 at Algiers International Book Fair. So far, it has been translated into numerous languages, including Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic, Kazakh and Kirghiz.

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The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

The 2022 China International Travel Mart was launched in Kunming, Yunnan province today. The three-day event opened at the Kunming Dianchi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a theme focusing on smart innovation and high-quality tourism industry aspects.

The news conference was held in the city on Thursday. Zhang Xilong, first class inspector of the Bureau of the International Communication and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and Lou Kewei, deputy-director of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Yunnan province presented the meeting along with academy and entrepreneur representatives.

The conference introduced the preparations and relevant activities of the mart, such as a forum on smart tourism and innovation, a symposium on international travel communication and cooperation in the framework of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and a workshop on the China-Laos railway’s contribution to building an Asian community with a shared future.

According to the news meeting, the 2022 travel mart covers about 80,000 square meters, with about 4,200 standard booths. 71 countries and regions attended the event both online and offline, and 31 domestic provinces, cities and autonomous regions and 261 independent exhibition teams.

Online services will be provided to the overseas buyers and sellers in the light of time zones. They could also have a face-to-face negotiation at the mart as well.

The mart also has diverse displays to show culture and tourism, physical education and tourism, as well as overseas tourism and museums.

The National Cultural Heritage Administration, the Palace Museum and museums from other provinces will attend the travel mart.

At the event, Yunnan province will have 2,000 standard booths in four separate sections; each will show culture tourism, healthy lifestyles, physical education tourism and culture tourism consumption.

The travel mart will also stick to the rules of pandemic prevention and control while having the activities go on smoothly.

The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]
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