Actually, I'm also a rock star. Apparently, my Chinese stage name is Hello. I must be very popular in China as people, total strangers, call to me on the street there. They wave and look very happy to see me. However, my rock stardom is nothing compared to that of my tall, blond, bearded boyfriend, coincidentally also named Hello. He is a Chinese rock superstar.
Yes, people wave to him on the street. Yes, they call out 'Hello, hello!' They also ask to get their photographs taken with him. Sometimes they want a photo of themselves shaking his hand. Those who are too shy to speak to him directly will sometimes take his photo anyway. He's also been videotaped, for example at the summit of Emei Shan, because everyone knows that there is nothing to video way up there otherwise. On rare occasions, he'll have someone follow him around for a while, presumably to bask in the glow of his fame.
I'm not quite sure what kind of music my boyfriend Hello does, but it seems to appeal especially to tiny old toothless women, who will often come over to have a nice little chat with him. They find it especially amusing when he replies, which makes sense as he says really funny things, like 'I'm sorry, I don't speak Chinese'. His music also appeals to young girls, by which I mean under the age of 5. One little girl, walking on top of a small ledge, hand in hand with her father, was so excited to see the great Hello and so involved in calling out 'Hello, Hello' and waving, that she lost her balance and fell. We believe she emerged unscathed.
Because my boyfriend is a rock star, my penchant for always trying to take his photo makes me a papparazzi. As Hello tends to comandeer my camera, this is not an easy task. However, I was able to use the occasion of being on the top of the not-yet-completed Three Gorges Dam to get him to pose for a photo anyway.
More photos will be arriving shortly, not of Hello as he is good at evading my lens, if not all of the other lenses which were pointed at him on our trip; but of Southwest China, which, if it isn't also a rock star, deserves to be one.