So while I pack, apply for my visa and flip through HSK vocabulary lists, let's embrace the lie with some more Harbin pictures!
This one's from last November. While wandering around downtown Harbin near Zhongyangdajie (the Center Street) we ran into about forty freezing cold girls, dressed somewhere on the scale from Modern Bride to Sexy Halloween Something. Sneaky spy-work revealed that we were watching our province's preliminaries for the "International & Professional Model Contest of Beauty Factory".
As a longstanding fan of America's Next Top Model, I was quite excited. Were they smizing?!! (No; they were generally trying to open their eyes as wide as possible, emulating the obsessive-paramour stare of most Chinese ad models).
|America's Next Top Model contestants only get ONE photographer. Above and beyond!|
|Gotta take my hat off to those two photographers, though, that's some nice light.|
|Image courtesy "Optimistic Old Man" on BBS.|
He posted it to the Harbin BBS, a local sub-board of the gigantic nation-wide messageboard service. Other posters remarked on the contestants' beauty and cold-hardiness, which I'd think would go without saying for Heilongjiang girls. But I guess you need to make conversation on message boards.