The 17thChina Xiamen International Stone Fair kicked off on March 6 at Xiamen International Conference & Exhibition Center. The four day fair boasts 9,300 booths set up by 2,000 business from 56 countries and regions. The event is expected to attract 150,000 buyers from 148 countries and regions. Over one-fifth of the exhibitors attended the fair for the fist time. 
Covering 23 exhibition halls, the fair composes four areas: a domestic stone exhibition, a machinery tools exhibition, an international exhibition and outdoor exhibition area.The event also highlights the World Stone Congress, which features 40 forums and lectures hosted by 50 speakers from 12 countries, including the noted architect Yung Ho Chand, sculptor Darrell Petit and 3D-printing expert FilippoGobbin. (from Common Talk of  Xiamen Daily)