|My friends took me to this lovely park that was in the middle of the Liu Zhou.|
|It was a beautiful day to walk around the park. We went to the two pagodas seen in this picture.|
#1 - You are Caucasian so you must speak English so I will speak to you in English right now even though I'm just walking past you and we've never met and I will never see you again and I can only say one word:
HELLO.While we were walking around town or around some of the parks, people would, upon seeing us, yell "Hello/Hi" and then grin. That's it. Depending on the age, they might run away or giggle or smile shyly, too. A couple times though, we were walking down the sidewalk and people on motorcycles would just yell it out as they rode by. It's one thing to want to practice your English, but another thing to yell at random strangers. And while I speak English, I didn't like how they assumed that because I'm white I speak English. There are a lot of other languages I might speak instead. My friends said that sometimes they replied in Mandarin, much to the surprise of the "offenders."
|A lovely bridge and some paddle boats available for rent.|
#2 - Because you are Caucasian I want to take your picture--I might ask if I can think of the English words but if I can't I'm just going to point my camera at you and take one anyway.I don't really understand why people want pictures of random strangers, but then again I need to remember that I grew up in a multicultural environment. My elementary school classes had people from all sorts of countries and I was accustomed to seeing Chinese, Korean, Caribbean, African, Middle Eastern and so on. I don't fully understand the novelty of seeing someone who looks so different from you because I grew up with it. Still, having people sneakily--and then some not so sneakily--take your picture while you are walking around a park is a little weird. I wonder what they will do with the photos and what they will say to their friends...
|My friends. The park entrance is hidden off to the right.|
|In another park a couple days later, we found this statue of a young woman riding a carp to heaven.|
|Me, taken from the top of the small mountain featured in the above picture.|
Love and Hugs.