One of my dreams for a while was to cosplay at a really cool location… and another thing on my wishlist was to make a hanfu-inspired outfit with a big flower on my head.
~LIFE GOAL COMPLETE.~
About a week ago, AJ, Judy, Marcus and I went to Beijing and we figured while we were there, we should try to cosplay. We asked some Chinese cosplayers online and it seemed like a lot of the tourist locations (like the gardens and palaces) didn’t really mind if you showed up in costumes and took photos. People sometimes rent costumes and do it, or they even take bridal photos there! This attitude is very different from the typical attitude in the USA about taking photos in similar locations. Most places in the USA either won’t let you do it or will charge you hundreds of dollars. They often assume you’re doing it for some professional thing,… but we’re really just dorks, perhaps we are elaborate dorks, but still dorks.
We chose the Summer Palace, which was easily one of the most lovely and interesting places we visited on our trip. Every corner we turned was a more beautiful thing to see! (I’ll post more photos from our trip later.)
None of the staff gave us any trouble about dressing up! In fact, they really liked us and some wanted to get photos with us. We seemed to be pretty popular with the Chinese tourists, too. Marcus said that the order of comments changed from “She’s so tall!” to positive comments about our costumes first and wondering if our hair was real (it wasn’t) and THEN “She’s so tall!” Ha!
Some people even knew who AJ and I were supposed to be! You’d hear them call our “names” as we passed. AJ is Green Snake from The Legend of White Snake, Green Snake. She’s been wanting to make Green Snake’s outfit for years!
My outfit was inspired by tvdrama version (Yang Gui Fei Mi Shi) of Yang Guifei. Really it’s mostly just my collar (and perhaps the flower on my head) that looks a lot like Yang Guifei, but “You can call me Flower if you want to.”
Judy’s was a completely original design.
A lot of people wanted to take pictures with us, but these schoolgirls were so cute, we wanted to get a picture with THEM.
Needless to say, we had an awesome time.
You can see more photos on AJ’s HCC LJ post here.