I'm someone's tourist attraction.
Among the very odd things that have happened to us here in China, one is being approached by complete strangers who want to take our picture. The first time this happened was when we visited Tiananmen Square. We were standing at a low iron fence outside the building where Mao is entombed when a girl of about sixteen came running up to us. After a few moments of rapid Chinese and hand signals, we figured out that she wanted to take our picture. We dutifully posed in front of the building, with her standing in front of us like we were old friends, while her parents took the picture.
This happened again when we were at Heavenly Lake in the Xinjiang-Uygher Autonomous Region, pictured above. I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about being such a novelty. Do the roaming characters in Disneyland get paid for this?