Gifted with an abundance of money, rather than sense, my friend, a local fuerdai had decided that it would be a good idea to invite not one, not two, but three of his former girlfriends to his engagement party.
I remember being terrified of the sheer press of human beings in the train station, worried that I was going to be swept away and lost forever.
Many families used to bring their animals in for the winter, snuggling up against sheep or pigs in order to make the best use of their body heat.
Now when there are a few deliveries at the same time, it sounds like a tuberculosis ward in a 1920s hospital.
Our author contrasts the hustle and bustle of Chinese parks with the quiet she's used to at home.
Our author learns that trusting strangers can be expensive - but can also pay off.