November 28-29 agenda: Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan

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Weekend selection: Asian film awards in Taipei, an important horse race and a classic car cruise in Tokyo, a book fair in Mexico, among other events.

Miss International
November 28
Chengdu, China

Around 60 contestants from all over the world will participate in the 49th Miss International pageant where Spain's Alejandra Andreu will crown her successor.


Guadalajara International Book Fair
November 28-December 6
Guadalajara, Mexico

The Guadalajara International Book Fair, known as the "FIL" (Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara) is the second largest book fair in the world, after that of Frankfurt. It is the principal book fair for Spanish-language publishing worldwide. An estimated 500,000 readers attend the event each year, as well as 1,600 publishers from 40 countries. This year, the fair will celebrate the cultural and literary heritage Los Angeles, its 2009 Guest of Honor.


Golden Horse Awards
November 28
Taipei, Taiwan

The Chinese film industry's largest gathering, the Golden Horse Film Festival goes hand in hand with its most prestigious awards ceremony (which dates back to 1962). The festival spreads out over almost a month and features 200 feature films, documentaries, shorts and animated productions from around the world - and it all leads to the Golden Horse Awards on November 28.


Classic car cruise
November 28
Tokyo, Japan

Close to 100 classic automobiles from around the world - including former Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida's Rolls Royce - will take part in a car festival in Tokyo's Meiji Jingu Gaien district. The cars will include an 11 km-rally through Tokyo's up-market Ginza district. 

Horseracing: Japan Cup

November 29
Tokyo Fuchu city, Japan

Thanks to the strength of the yen, the Japan Cup is now the world's richest turf horse race, with Y533 million (US$5.65 million) up for grabs at the Tokyo Racecourse. The 12-furlong race is the most prestigious race on the Japanese calendar and attracts jockeys, trainers and spectators from around the world.