Being a foreigner in a Chinese city that is not Beijing or Shanghai will on occasion get you stared at. But what if you are a foreign girl with a Chinese fiancé walking through the streets of Hohhot, Autonomous Region of Inner Mongolia. We call it the “猴子 Phenomenon”, as it is a little akin to being an ape in a zoo. Luckily, I am only subjected to this type of special attention every once in a while, living in Nanjing, a second tier and infinitely more internationalised city, while my “inofficial fiancé” currently resides in Beijing.
But now it is time for the ape to plan her Chinese wedding and sigh, laugh and cry at all the pitfalls that come with that. I will try my best to keep the ‘roses or lillies’, ‘lavender or mint’ talk to a minimum and focus instead on providing you, dear reader, with those amusing anecdotes of intercultural exchange, of East meets West, of Chinese traditionalism meets German pragmatism, that you might have been through yourself or could never even dream of having to deal with whilst planning not only one, but two weddings. And hopefully I can force my fiancé to do a couple of entries, too.
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