1. Street-sweepers in Guilin blast It's a Small World while they're driving around. Kind of like ice cream trucks in the US, but they drive even slower. Just when you thought driving a street-sweeper around all day couldn't get any worse, boom - you have to listen to It's a Small World on continual loop while people on the street give you the death stare. This must be one of Dante's stages of hell.
2. The Chinese love to take photos. In particular, they love to take photos of whatever you are taking a photo of. If you are admiring a view and taking a photo, someone will be waiting there to take your spot and capture the exact same shot (not from a foot to the right or left, but from exactly where you were standing). We tested this theory by taking photos of mundane subjects such as phone booths or old plastic chairs. Sure enough, someone would be waiting to snap a photo of the same object when we were done!
5. In Shanghai, a man selling music sits on the street corner near the Grand Central Hotel. He blasts Bette Midler's The Rose every day on repeat ALL DAY LONG. We had a few theories about why he did this:
- It's his favorite song.
- He tested various tracks one week and The Rose was the one to lure in the most sales.
- Our hotel pays him to help patrons who get lost easily...just follow Bette's voice!