Around 3:00pm, one of our local employees sent around an email to the American officers, inviting us to her wedding. Of course I had no plans, so Beth and I joined some of our local section employees.
Dongmei, Jina, and Beth:
Fengying, Ms. Chong, and me:
The ceremony took place in a restaurant, which was really nice.
Our Consul-General toasted the happy couple, with help from another employee, as he had lost his voice:
After the ceremony, the CG - still unable to speak - began pouring the baijiu, much to Beth's enjoyment.
The next picture is of Mr. Xu and I seeing how low we can go with the baijiu toasting. The picture is blurry because...so were we. Also, baijiu is a clear grain alcohol with a higher proof than vodka - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baijiu. When you toast in China, you try to "clink" your glass at a lower angle than the person's whom you are toasting, to show respect. Hence our contest.
Beth demonstrating to Liu Chang the meaning of the "drunk dial." Of course she was dialing her fave driver / future boyfriend Ma Jun.
Late in the night, the bride and groom came around to every table, joined by their parents, to toast the guests and thank them for coming.