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There are hundreds of shows planned as part of the Shanghai Expo 2010 but one in particular could give visitors a chance to see a different side of Chinese culture.

Planning a night out to see some theatre could be a good move for anyone staying in Shanghai hotels and the production of The Peony Pavilion could be the ideal choice.

Described by organisers as the Chinese version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, this Kunqu opera production tells the tragic story of two young lovers who are separated by circumstance.

Following its opening night on June 7th, the show will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until October.

And the entertainment has moved from a traditional theatre setting to Kezhi Garden, meaning that audiences can enjoy the drama in the great outdoors.

The Shanghai Expo website explains that "guests should expect not only a traditional Chinese play in an original setting, but also an opportunity to enjoy Chinese rituals and hospitality".

Visitors to the international event will find that there are plenty of opportunities to learn about various parts of Chinese culture.

One display that could be of interest to travellers is that offered by a leader of a Shaman clan in the Jilin province of the country.

Guan Yunde will be demonstrating his paper-cutting skills and educating visitors about the Manchu culture at the Baosteel Stage as part of the Jilin Culture Week, which began this Monday (June 7th).

Posted by Delia Jones

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