Like any monster event that successfully woos celebrities into the spotlight, the Shanghai Expo will be no exception as it rolls out the red carpet for popular stars including Jackie Chan, Yao Ming and Lang Lang.
Recruiter Shi Lei sees the 2010 Shanghai Expo as a potential catalyst for companies to embrace greener technologies and reduce their carbon emissions, while also creating tens of thousands of new jobs.
For foreign students like African-American Tristan Hampton, working as an expo volunteer provides the perfect platform to network for jobs in a fiercely competitive environment, while also giving him behind-the-scenes access to hidden facets of Chinese society.
The award-winning film Mountain Patrol: Kekexili (2004) tracks the heroic efforts of a group of Tibetans who face the threat of starvation while attempting to save the endangered Tibetan antelope from hunters.
Though he can spout tongue twisters in fluent Mandarin at speeds warped enough to boggle the minds of Chinese, don't expect such performances to be routine for "the most famous foreigner in China" at next year's Shanghai Expo.
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