"At six foot four and 380 pounds, I got used to standing out while in Chongqing, China. People stared, some folks patted my stomach, and a few even walked into street poles while looking me over. One shopkeeper measured my height and girth, holding a tape measure up to the small crowd. I knew not to take offense—I was being paid an honor." Clarence Holbrook, Loveland, Colo.
"My friend and I cycled to the village of Baisha, China, where a woman invited us to her home. She pulled out traditional dresses and cheerily motioned for me to try one on. After dressing us up, she paraded us around her courtyard. We realized that she expected a modest tip, which we were glad to give for such a bizarre experience." Rich Fowler, San Francisco, Calif.
"While studying in Beijing, I visited the Great Wall. Locals marveled at my hair and asked me to pose for photos. One vendor said, 'Golden hair. I buy.' I declined. She got agitated and walked away. I was heading back to the bus when she came chasing after me with scissors and yelling, 'Golden hair!' I ran faster than I had in a long time." Nicole Andersen, Santa Barbara, Calif.
"In China, we were intrigued with the easy-access pants worn by diaperless toddlers. It was our mission to photograph a kid wearing them. But parents would whisk their child around, assuming we wanted to capture the baby's face. After one Beijing dad presented me with front views, I waited until his attention was elsewhere, then snuck up from behind." Nancy Shephard, Stockton, Calif.
"My mother, my husband, and I noticed that most Chinese people dress formally. It wasn't uncommon to see Chinese tourists in suits and ties. When we got to Guilin, the weather was warm, and my husband wore shorts. A girl wrapped herself around my husband's leg. She was fascinated with his hairy legs, petting his knee like he was an animal." Delia Rhodes, Jamestown, N.C.
"My husband and I try to eat the local delicacies. We ate ant eggs in Mexico, and llama and guinea pig in Peru, but in Hong Kong we put a stop to the tradition. Walking to the Temple Street night market, we found a store that sold sun-dried foods such as mushrooms and shark fins. What really caught our eye was one local dish we'd never try—lizard on a stick." Macarena Scalia South Miami, Fla.