Culture Shock! China - A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette, 2nd Edition

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the 2008 Summer Olympics and the Paralympics Games,
and the transparent ‘Water Cube’ National Aquatics Center.
Since the opening, the park has seen more than 60 million
visitors and is expected to become new landmarks of Beijing
after the Forbidden City and Great Wall of China.

Shanghai: Waterways and Westernisation

You don’t really see Shanghai, you experience it. There
are two special things to experience in Shanghai which are
seasonal—eating hairy crabs in the autumn and watching
the entire Shanghai skyline erupt with fireworks on the first
night of Spring Festival.
Additional experiences to have include strolling the Bund,
visiting the top of the spaceship-like Shanghai TV Tower for
a panoramic view of the city, and taking long walks through
the old French Concession.
After the Olympic Games in Beijing, the World Exposition
2010 in Shanghai is probably the biggest international event
to have taken place in China. With spectacular fireworks,
vibrant cultural performances and other attractions, the
Expo delivers more than just a ‘trade fair’. Held on both

Hairy crabs are a delicacy in Shanghai, and one should not miss eating them
when they are in season.

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