This isn’t a post about Pinerest or some marketing hack. It is about how a picture of us ended up online and went viral without our control or permission. Yvonne and I have been in China for about 5 years now and everywhere we go people will take photos of us. Okay, they will take photos of Yvonne, I just happen to be there and end up in many of the photos. The truth is Yvonne is beautiful. She will say she is just ‘Okay’ and I am bias…. So you decide, leave a comment and let us know how good we look! LOL You
don’t have to leave a comment, but we do like them.
Like I was saying, before I got distracted by my reflection on my spoon, we get our picture taken a lot in China, especially Yvonne. She is 6’1″ or 186 cm, blond hair, and blue eyed. So, she gets a lot of attention in China. She has had old women run up to her and scream “Ni hen Gou” or “You are very tall.” She often has to deal with young girls and boys running up next to her or behind her to compare her height with their own.
Why do you get your photo taken in China?
We have often wondered if there was a website full of photos of foreigners or if this is some big conspiracy to keep track of foreigners in China. We just didn’t know ‘why’ or ‘what’ they were doing with our photos. Until now! I work in an office with about 40 Chinese co-workers and about 400 co-workers in the building. I don’t know all of my co-workers but most of them know me because there are only 3 other foreign employees in our office.
One of my co-workers was really excited to see me one day, which is unusual, and he was telling me he saw my photo online. I was a little worried because you never know what is out there! Just Google yourself…. it can be scary. So, I asked him to send the link and here is the post. Ifeng is a really popular internet portal/blog/community site here in China and one of the bloggers had taken our photo. The post has 701,310 views and as you can see, it is not about us but it is interesting because now we know where some of our pictures end up.
The article itself is not that interesting and the comments pretty much tell the blogger to give up, but it is funny for us to see your photo. You will probably have your picture taken when you come to China. This is just a silly post about where your photo might end up, if you hang out in Beijing. This photo was taken in the San Li Tun area, which is popular with expats and locals.
Have you ever ended up online without knowing it? I would have never known about this post if my co-worker hadn’t told me. It makes me wonder where else Yvonne’s photo might be in China.