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What is the difference between "举行" and "举办"? Both of them have the meaning of 'holding / organizing an event", but do they have any difference?


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An answer I found on Baidu Zhidao says this:


The difference between the two words can be seen from the words themselves, “行” focuses on the process of events, while “办” emphases the thing things and the carrying out of such things themselves (meetings, competitions, etc).

The following all use "举行"

Hold talks
to hold a sporting event
the exhibit will be held at the cultural palace

The following, here, would all use "举办"

To hold an exhibition
The hold an academic speech
To hold a training class

So basically 行 = just doing it 办 = includes setting it up and doing it (edit: or organizing like you said in your original post)

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