Many Beijingers asked us for our pictures. The first time I was asked, I refused. I was afraid – what would they do with my picture? The girl said I was very beautiful.

Later on we noticed how people stared at my family – they observed how we ate or walked. And some dared approach us to ask for pictures with them. We started letting them, hoping that the pictures would not be used in a bad way. But the people we allowed, we also took pictures of. They seemed very nice and friendly.

The guy aboveĀ is the friendly waiter at a nice restaurant near the Forbidden City and Jingshan Park.

The same requests for pictures happened to us in Macau and Bangkok.