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At the beginning of last November, a Chinese teacher and colleague at my school sent me a message on We Chat (the Chinese near-equivalent of Whats App) asking if I was looking for a girlfriend in China.
There followed an application and an interview for a TV show.
Suddenly the entire set starts to rotate around me and my insides begin to melt.
I feel like I'm trapped inside a Transformer which has just woken up.
From the wide-eyed (and occasionally crying) children to the endless requests from strangers to take photos with you in public places, just leaving the flat is often enough to make you feel like a minor celebrity, albeit a slightly uncomfortable one at times.
In the week after the show was broadcast, I did get recognised and asked for photos a couple of times in the city centre.
Little did I know what I was letting myself in for.
Conquering nerves is rewarding It's six weeks later.
But just the fact of being a foreigner in China can make you feel like a celebrity sometimes.
My experience of going on the show was an extreme example of a feeling familiar to any foreigner living in China.