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The Very Many Faces of China

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Any bigoted Westerner who suggests that all Chinese folk are alike should take a close look at this group of red-hatted visitors to Beijing's Forbidden City...
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Carefully staged group shots in front of iconic structures are a must for any Chinese tourist and it is interesting to note that, while we have fearlessly traveled alone with only the internet as our travel agent and guide, almost all of the Chinese have been shepherded around in colour coded groups. Here’s the yellow brigade…
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Thirty years ago when Sheila lived in Beijing she could cause a pavement jam as hordes of curious locals crowded around for a close-up of a foreign face. It's not so bad today. However, there have been very few westerners amongst the vacationing masses so we have often found ourselves the focus of attention. The natives are not shy about taking photos and most have cameras or IPhones ready to snap any interesting looking waiguoren
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But we've done our share of posing as well. Many people have wanted to include us in their holiday snaps - or maybe write about us in their travel blog - and we have asked them to pose for us in return. These delightful young ladies worked at our local bakery in Shanghai…
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While this guy was just having fun on a hat stall…
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And this pretty miss in Xi’An was selling wedding outfits…
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Weddings are big events, and big business, in China and throughout our trip we saw countless brides posing for wedding albums…
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… and actors and actresses making movies and posing for marketing ads…
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Our posing and counterposing hasn’t been restricted to human kind. In Shanghai we came face to face with a couple of pooches coming out of the grooming parlour…
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Yes – these pampered canines are real. And while they might be dolled up like a dog’s dinner – they sure ain’t for eating. The Chinese are clearly in two minds about their dogs; while many people eat them others treat them like kids. Last year a Chinese billionaire paid one and half million dollars for a Red Tibetan Mastiff and sent a fleet of 45 chauffeur driven BMW’s to collect it from the breeder – now that would be an expensive dinner!

Posted by Hawkson 06:04 Archived in China

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Love those dog shoes! I hope you picked up a couple of those hats. The yellow one beats a safety vest!

by Tom

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