In preparation for the arrival of Bill Clinton and traveling companions, employees of the Portman Ritz-Carlton in Shanghai "scoured the local area" for baking ingredients for bagels and low-fat muffins, says an official release from the hotel.

In addition, hotel staff members competed by answering presidential trivia questions - "What is the name of the Clintons' new dog?" "Which musical instrument does President Clinton play?" - to "help our Chinese employees understand a little more about the first family," said hotel general manager Mark DeCocinis. Six winners were presented with Washington T-shirts.- Leah Garchik