The eighth Cross-Straits (Xiamen) Cultural Industries Fair opened on Friday and will last through Monday at the International Exhibition Center in Xiamen, a coastal city in Fujian province in East China. The fair is the only cultural expo that has "cross-Straits" in its name on the Chinese mainland, according to organizers. This year's fair, co-organized by the governments of Fujian province and Xiamen as well as the Taiwan-based Asia-Pacific Cultural and Creative Industries Association, promises great improvements in both quality and quantity.
In 2008, 501 companies from both sides of the Taiwan Straits joined the first fair, which was held at Xiamen's Culture and Art Center, covering an area of 20,000 square meters. The third fair moved to the city's International Exhibition Center, with an area of 32,000 square meters and more than 1,300 booths. In 2012, the fifth fair was upgraded to a State-level expo, hosted by the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, the Ministry of Culture and the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. Its area also expanded to 43,000 square meters with 2,200 booths. In 2014, the seventh fair was crowned as the No 1 cultural fair in the country.
The total exhibition area is 60,000 square meters, 10,000 square meters larger than last year, with more than 3,000 booths. The exhibition area consists of four major sections. The first of them is for handicraft works. As a key part of the fair, the handicraft works section occupies the majority of the exhibition area, about 40,000 square meters, where more than 1,500 companies showcase their handicraft products. These companies are divided into categories such as ceramics, wood sculpture and jade sculpture. The second section is for creative designs, such as industrial designs, art designs and packaging designs. The fair also serves as a platform for talented designers from both sides of the Straits to exchange expertise and discuss the latest trends.
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