Understanding China, One Blog at a Time

An American in China

High Nose…

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 12, 2009


When you come here you will see that many may admire your ‘high nose’. What they mean is really the bridge of your nose. To the average Chinese, this bridge is a good thing, looks strong, and the stronger the better.

They call the bridge charming, and think it accentuates our eyes.  The funny thing is that here they seem not to be able to distinguish a large abnormal nose a la Alan Greenspan, versus say a Brad Pitt. Dont get me wrong, I think they would without exception vote for the latter in a beauty contest, but I have seen many foreigners whose nose I would love to have filled with nickles, seen as a ‘handsome foreign friend’ here.

China  the land of reinvention….

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