Norman Foster has arrived in China as part of the Prime Minister's trade mission to the country.
The London-based architect will act as an ambassador for Britain's cultural and architectural world.
As part of this mission, Foster will deliver a 'masterclass' to a Chinese audience - in Beijing's Millennium Monument - on urban design and architecture.
Bizarrely Foster's role will see him joining forces with three other representatives of 'Britain's cultural scene' - ballet dancer Darcey Bussell, football manager Bobby Robson, and athlete Colin Jackson.
The trip - which forms part of the annual EU-Chinese and EU-UK summits - will also feature the signing of a three-year Cultural Exchange Programme for those working within the arts.by Ed Dorrell