The China International Fair for Trade in Services, which took place in Beijing from September 2 to 6, presented a variety of cultural products that attracted a great deal of attention.
Beijing's Central Axis, a 7.8-km symbolic line running through the center of the city, was one such exhibition theme. This line features a host of ancient landmarks, including the Palace Museum, which housed China's imperial palace from 1420 to 1911.
In addition to digital multimedia exhibitions, Shi Liang, an heir to the art of leaf painting, presented his series of artworks titled Central Axis on the Leaf. He used leaves from the ginkgo trees planted at the Palace Museum as drawing paper for traditional Chinese ink painting, reflecting Beijing's vastness and beauty through fine strokes on small leaves.
At the Beijing Zoo Pavilion, the most popular items among visitors were the stuffed pandas. An exact replica of giant panda star Menglan at 5 months old on display has been a bestseller much sought after by Chinese netizens. Menglan became famous overnight in 2021 after he was caught trying to climb out of his walled garden and almost succeeded.
Many Beijing museums teamed up to exhibit their creative products at the fair, giving visitors a real taste of the capital city's rich cultural atmosphere.
(Text and photos by Wei Yao)