By Laszlo Schenkhuysen
The other aspect of the Chinese culture came to play when we splashed water in each others face. What happened here introduced us to the fact that China really is a collectivist society. Since we were the only foreign people in the park a lot of people already looked at us. Some Chinese that were swimming nearby saw that we splashed water in each others faces but did not really understand the point. I noticed that some started to do it a little to each other but stopped after one time to see how the other reacted. When they saw me looking one of them threw a little water towards me and I had to laugh, because you could see that they did not know if I would like it or not. I splashed some back and three of his friends came to join him and started to splash water against me as well. My roommates joined and we stopped after about five minutes. We stopped because the lifeguards started to blow their whistle again, but when we looked around us we noticed that no one was swimming near us anymore. I am not lying or exaggerating but within a area of 4 meters we were circled in by 40 to 50 Chinese all facing us. I could not hold myself so I splashed some water in one of their faces and the Chinese on their turn started to scream and throw water on all five of us at the same time. You could not even hear the whistles anymore as well as that I was not able to see because of all that water flying around. All Chinese teamed up to battle the foreign people and it was the strangest but funniest thing I have experienced during my stay in China.