Chinese people who wanted to take photos with me

One of the more entertaining aspects of being a foreigner in China is that Chinese will sometimes, often even, want to take photographs with you: guys, girls, kids, families, groups of strangers, whatever. During my first few trips to China, I would smile, take a photo, and be done with it; but, on my most recent trip, whenever I was asked to pose for a photograph, I made sure I also got a photo for myself. Here are a few random Chinese who, in Huangzhou or Shanghai or Chengdu or Jiuzhaigou or Huanglong or Beijing, wanted to take photos with me.

Meeting these people was a great opportunity to practice my limited Chinese. After having visited China three or four times, I'm considering studying Mandarin again; however, even now, after having studied extensively for six months (but then nothing for the next six), I still can't pronounce my own name correctly. Yesterday I received this email from a Chinese girl:

Ha ha ,so your Chinese name is Da Long.-大龙
Last time you told me but I got it wrong
I thought you said Da Lang.- 达浪
the pink panther name is 达浪

Until next time, China. Signing off. I am the Pink Panther.

A brother and sister at the Bifengxia Panda Base outside of Ya'an.

This is the only photo here where I actually asked her to take a photo with me, and not the other way around. I had taken a photo with her brother, and I could tell that this little girl was too shy to ask, but I saw her staring at me for a while, so when I ran into her about 15 minutes later walking up a set of stairs, I stopped and asked her if I could take a photo with her. She squealed, actually squealed. It was cute.

Betty (her English name) was too shy to ask me for a photo, so her Mom asked me instead. This was at Huanglong, in Sichuan province.

This guy works at a Tibetan restaurant in Jiuzhaigou Valley, China.

This was a Chinese tourist at a hostel in Chengdu. He also liked the tattoo, and asked me if he could take a few photos of the tattoo. In this photo, he is showing off the photo that we had just taken together.

Two little girls at Jiuzhaigou. This was the start of what ended up being a handful of photos. One after another, after another, after another, and so on.

What an amazing ice-cream-face!

I met these two little girls on a 12-hour bus ride from Jiuzhaigou to Chengdu. We had a lot of fun, despite the fact that they spoke as little English as I speak Chinese.

This is Anna (her English name), at the Pearl Shoal Waterfall in Jiuzhaigou.

This is Jervis (his English name), at Huanglong, in Sichuan province.

With a random Chinese woman at Jiuzhaigou. Kids and families, and even older students, I understand, but grown men and women I do find a bit more strange. But I'm happy to take my photograph with anyone. It's not like it ever happens outside of China, so no big deal.

I'm not sure if this was a family or not. I actually think it was just a random group of Chinese people who happened to all be in the same area. I have no idea. Jiuzhaigou.

Another group of random Chinese people? I don't know. By this point, there were more than a dozen people, and nearly as many cameras. Jiuzhaigou.

"He's different!"

Yet another photo from Jiuzhaigou.

By this point, it just started to feel ridiculous.

This was at Jiuzhaigou; specifically, I think, Five-Flower Lake.

The girl on the left is an English teacher, but that's about all I learned. They asked me to take photos with them, but other than that were too shy to say much else.

I met this woman as soon as I arrived in Jiuzhaigou. She was a tout who invited me to stay in her Tibetan home, but I smelled a tourist trap, and politely declined.

In the Rize Valley at Jiuzhaigou.

Peace signs, peace signs everywhere.

Tianfu Square; Chengdu, Sichuan province.

At the Bifengxia Panda Base, outside of Ya'an; Sichuan province.

The lone non-Chinese person to ask me for a photo. Saeko is from Japan, but lives in Beijing. In the background is Nuorilang Falls.

I saw this little girl on three or four separate occasions while in Jiuzhaigou.

Bifengxia Panda Base; Ya'an, Sichuan province.

The Bund, Shanghai. This was the day after Typhoon Haikui cleared. It was hot, humid, and uncomfortable.

With David (his English name, that I gave him that day) in Huangzhou; his girlfriend Alisa is an English teacher in, I believe, Quzhou, but I can't remember exactly. Quzhou is in Zhejiang province. It was David's and Alisa's first visit to Huangzhou. I met them on the bus from the train station. They overheard me fumbling through some Chinese questions and answers, trying to figure out where I was going, and then they gave me the head nod that basically said, Follow us. So I did. And we spent a few hours exploring Huangzhou.