Bookcrossing held to mark World Reading Day in Hunan
Bookcrossing is "the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise."
Li Youzhi, a Hunan government official, announces the opening of the reading campaign at Changsha South Railway Station, April 24. [Photo by Hu Weinan/news.changsha.cn]
Promoting the concept of "100 books, 100 people and 100 ideas", the reading campaign aims to encourage reading by holding bookcrossings at the high-speed rail stations across Hunan province.
A staff member helps a passenger register and borrow books at a self-service machine. [Photo by Hu Weinan/news.changsha.cn]
Passengers registered for the activity can borrow one book at a time by scanning its QR code at the self-service booths provided in waiting rooms. They can return books at the exits of any Hunan high-speed railway station or at any Xinhua bookstore in the province.
Passengers can scan the QR code on each book to borrow it. [Photo by Hu Weinan/news.changsha.cn]
"It was a surprise for me to get on with reading books through the journey," said a passenger.
The same day also marked the 80th anniversary of the Xinhua Bookstore. Its Hunan branch donated 1,000 books to the reading activity and invited 14 writers across the country to recommend 14 books to readers.
People are also allowed to read books displayed in the waiting rooms of the high-speed rail stations across Hunan province. [Photo by Hu Weinan/news.changsha.cn]