A mass blind dating event in Qingyuan, Guangdong province became a gawking fest for camera-toting tourists who eavesdropped on participants and made a public spectacle of the situation during the May holiday.
Hundreds showed up at the camping site where the event was being held. Women waited in the tents while men took turns to have short conversations with them. If both were interested they would hang a “don’t disturb” sign outside the tent and talk for longer.
The sign was supposed to drive away other daters but it attracted curious tourists, who stood near the tent to listen in on the proceedings. Some even opened tent flaps to take photographs.
The situation got so out of control that organizers of the event had to send 20 additional staff members to the scene to tell visitors to back off.
Xinhua reported that the photo-taking, eavesdropping antics of tourists “caused a lot of embarrassment” to the participants of the event, who were seen covering their faces with their belongings just to get a bit of privacy.