After our crazy Chinese-edition of the Color Run in Bejing, we arrived at the finish-line to find thousands upon thousands of very excited people jumping around, singing, and laughing. It seemed as though most people had walked the 5k to save their energy for what followed. We had no idea that the afterparty would be this crazy, but we sure are happy that it was. We have a fantastic time! Here are some of the pictures of the funnest night we have had since our wedding!
I decided to run through that water feature with a bunch of other people. As a result, the paint all over me was then wet and definitely not able to pat out. As a powder, the paint comes off pretty easily, but after the sweat and the water fountain, it was stuck on me pretty well.
At this point on the evening, we moved from the first stage to a second one. At 7pm a “Color Afterparty” was starting. DJ’s, lights, smoke machine, and beer specials… all outside under the stars (if you could see the stars in Bejing). We spent the rest of the evening here, drinking 3 yuan beers. Yup, that’s right R5 ($0.5) beers!! As you can see from the pictures – We had a blast!!
I think that the reason this party was so incredible was because all of these people were filthy dirty, and no one cared. No one cared what they were wearing, or how messed up their hair was. There were no expectations here. Just laughing, dancing, singing out loud (at the top of your lungs), and making friends. We met many foreigners in the crowd, and we all joking around, dancing like we had known each other for years. Even though we have been in China for four months, we haven’t really made many friends yet, and so far we haven’t had this much fun with a group of people. On this night we almost felt like we were back at home, with friends, having fun at a trance party (or some other crazy outdoor event). Unforgettable!
The Doraemon Fan
This little boy had a mini-cloak on, and he was dancing on the stage. He was so adorable! When the DJ announced (in Chinese) that they were going to give away a big blue and white stuffed Doraemon (a Japanese manga character). Well – This kid went INSANE! He was laughing, screaming and jumping up and down with excitement. As much as he tried, he could not get the DJ’s attention because he was so close to the high platform. In an attempt to help him, I jumped on the stage and lifted him as high as I could. The DJ threw the Doraemon and the crowd imploded onto it. Like Superwoman, I went stage-diving into this group of people and ended up wrestling a grown man for it! The guy was laughing and hugging it, saying, “Nooooo, it’s mine. It’s mine”. I eventually got it and gave it over to the kid. The guy I wrestled came over to hug me and we laughed about what had happened. It was hilarious!
Finding Our Way
When it felt like it was getting too late, and we might miss the subway, we decided to head back to the hotel. Surprisingly, it was only 8pm. It felt more like 3am to me! Who knew that a 5k would be followed by a trance-like party. We had woken up at 3:55am that morning, so this had already been a long day for us.
We started walking in the direction that we thought we should go, but we ended up getting lost. The streets got very quiet, dark and deserted. We passed by some locals who we enjoying BBQ and karaoke next to a random farm (yes, we walked that far) and we stopped to dance with them. The crowd went crazy! We must have looked like complete freaks to them, but we were foreigners so they didn’t care that we were covered in sweat and paint!
We eventually came to a convenience store and tried to ask where the nearest subway/train station was located. The lady in the store was more fascinated with why we looked the way that we did, than helping us with directions. When charades didn’t work, we tried drawing a picture of a train. That did the trick, and the lady hurried outside to point us in the right direction.
As you can imagine, every single person we passed by stared at us in disbelief. We have told you this many times, but this was different. Jaws were literally dropping. People stood frozen looking at us with big eyes. Children ran away crying. Haha, it was very amusing to us and we enjoyed having a valid reason to be stared at for once.
We sat on the train for a couple stops, and only then did other Color runners start boarding the train. We had walked pretty much to the end of the line and now others leaving the party were starting to head home. It was nice to not be the only odd looking freaks. At least if Chinese people looked like we did, we wouldn’t be as intimidating to the locals.
When we got back to the area of our hotel, Justin was not feeling good. He was beyond exhausted and he needed food, after not eating since lunch and many cheap beers. I remembered seeing a Hutong (narrow alley or street in Beijing) near our hotel, and I knew there would be some food there. I was kind of excited to sit down for some BBQ or a meal, but by the time we got there Justin needed nothing more than some food, a shower, and a bed.
We ordered some boazi (dumplings) and sat down to munch on them in the dark. For the very first time in China, we felt so much dirtier than everything around us. Funny thing is, it felt good!
Awesome day. Amazing Experience. Best night since our wedding.
We won’t forget this, and we sure do hope that all Color Runs are this spectacular. Although I think that only in China would things be allowed to get THIS crazy.
Anyone have a Color Run coming to their city?
WE URGE YOU TO DO IT!