| Celebrations spread across China when Shanghai, the Oriental Pearl, was given the right to host the 2010 |
World Expo (世博会) on December 3.
Shanghai won the honor after beating rivals from Russia, Mexico, Poland and South Korea.
"I'm very proud of being Chinese," said Wang Kaibo, a Senior 2 student of the Middle School Affiliated (隶
属) to Beijing Medical University. "The winning of the expo is a victory, not only for Shanghai residents, but
for the people of the whole Chinese nation."
Bidding (申办) for the expo shows that China is more confident of playing a more important role on the
international stage. It's competing for large events and the next one could be the World Cup, Wang said.
The World Expo 2010 and the 2008 Beijing Olympics will become the twin shining stars of China's
development over the next 10 years, said experts.
The World Expo is known as"Olympics of the economic, cultural, scientific and technological fields." It is
usually held every five years and lasts for six months.
The Olympics, World Cup and World Expo are considered three top international events in the world. China
is the first developing country to win the expo bid in the event's 151-year history. Not only will it attract more
foreign investment to China, but experts say that the half-year-long exhibition will bring at least 70 million
visitors to Shanghai.
The World Expo is a great event for different countries to exchange social, economic, cultural and scientific
achievements, and also help to encourage new technology and ideas. The expo was first held in London in
1851. It has a history of global influence. The Eiffel Tower, built during the Paris World Expo in 1889, became
the symbol of the French capital. Many historic inventions, such as the telephone and airplane, all made their
first appearance at a World Expo.
|1. What does the underlined word "rivals" probably mean in the second paragraph? |
|2. The winning of bidding for the World expo2010 and the 2008 Olympic Games implies _____. |
|A. China is beginning to play a more important part on the international stage |
B. China has played the most important role in the international affairs
C. China has become a developed country
D. China is the first Asian country to win the expo bid in history
|3. As we know, in general, the World Expo is usually held every _____ years, while the Olympics is usually |
held every _____ years.
|A. 4; 5|
|4. By bidding for the expo and the Olympics, we are sure that _____. |
|A. China will beat rivals from Russia, Mexico, Poland and South Korea |
B. China will become a super country in the United Nations
C. China will build a famous tower like Eiffel Tower as the symbol of the capital
D. China will develop more quickly than before and will benefit a lot from them