Late-night treat for book-lovers

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 July, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 July, 2006, 12:00am

Thousands of bookworms took advantage of an offer of free admission and extended opening to pack the Hong Kong Book Fair last night.

Breaking new ground, the fair stayed opened until 2am.

Organisers said that between 9.30pm and 11.30pm some 44,000 people passed through the doors - 10 per cent up on last year. Such was the rush that free entry was offered half an hour earlier than the original 10pm starting point. And organisers were turning away people by 11.30pm because the place was crammed.

The Trade Development Council waived the entrance fee for those arriving between 10pm and 2am as bus operators ran special routes to take readers home.

Book-lover Ben Leung, 24, said: 'It is more packed than I thought it would be. Perhaps it would be better if they extended the opening hours for a few more days.'