Blondes have more fun. in Asia
and I’m not even a true blonde.
After you get over the creepy picture taking and the fact that your picture is probably in a chinese family album, being blonde in China is an incredible resource. Whether you are lost on the metro, unable to articulate your food order in chinese, or any one of the other multiple obstacles you might run into while living in Shanghai, being blonde is not only a reasonable excuse to be unable to accomplish these seemingly easy shanghai tasks, but it also gets you VIP assistance.
Which brings me to People’s Park. Shanghai takes great pride in providing the people with big green parks. In America, we like to use parks for jogging, sports, maybe walking the dog, but the Chinese have different ideas. They use the park to market their children for marriage. I kid you not. on the weekends, parents of eligible men and women crowd the square with pictures and descriptions of their children with the intention of marrying them off. And it just so happens that being blonde in people’s park is just like getting picked to be on the bachelor. A friend from Davidson, Jenna Bates, and I fielded multiple proposals to meet Shanghai’s most eligible single men. it took broken chinese and the acceptance of a few business cards to get out of the park and into the chinese fake market. The fake market is essentially a giant mall filled with fake bags, sunglasses, watches, clothes, and any other type of merchandise worth knocking off. and these aren’t your average street variety fakes you can find on any street in new york. These are top of the line, could be stolen kind of fakes. Needless to say, I had a bit of a field day bartering with the shop owners. It wasn’t only the blonde hair that got me good deals this time, I drive a hard bargain. And I successfully managed to buy a few things, but I am the only one who needs to know they are fake :).
Happy dragon boat festival day!