OddBot marries the beautiful Li Si Ling

It seems in China you must travel to the brides birth city (or a city nearby her birthplace where they keep the documents) to be officially married. 3pm Sunday afternoon we were on our way!

We had to travel 5 hours by bus from ZhongShan to XingNing to get my step sons passport. The bus had beds for the long trip which was great for small Chinese and children. Not so good for a 135Kg Aussie!

To fit 60 bunks in a normal sized bus requires 30 double bunks in 3 rows. The beds and the isles were all about 50cm (20 inch) wide. My shoulders are a lot wider than that. The length of the beds was from my head to my knees.

So I spent 5 hours lying on the floor at the back of the bus where the floor was raised enough to be level with the bottom bunks. Bumpy roads and almost no suspension made sleep impossible. We arrived at the hotel in XingNing about 8:30pm. Had a feed and an early night.

Monday I got to lounge about in a comfortable hotel room while Li Si applied for Shi Sen's passport. Then we meet her Uncle and Aunt for lunch and did a little shopping for home made plum wine to finish up the day. The Chinese plum wine is sweet, fruity and reasonably strong. Great for cool weather!

Tuesday morning we got a private car to drive us to nearby MaiZhou to be married. We went to the magistrate office but (as I knew they would) they wanted my official, notorized single status certificate translated. Off we went to another office who accepted our documents but it was almost lunch an Chinese government officials need their sleep. We had to wait 3 hours while they had lunch and a midday snooze.

But eventually all the documents were translated, filled out, signed etc. We were officially married at 4:32pm (GMT+8). Next month when we have more money we will have a typical reception party with all the friends and family.

The Chinese tradition seems to be that the bride and groom pay for the party but then all the guest give them red envelopes full of money rather than wedding presents. In theory we should make a profit. The Chinese remind me of Ferengi in many ways.

Oh well, this should make my next Visa application interesting as now I am entitled to a family visa.


In response to ChuckCrunches "live long and prosper". Li Si attempts to get her fingers to co-operate.

Fri - 23 - 2011

We finally got around to doing wedding photos. Unlike Western countries, Chinese weddings tend to be done in installments. The photos belows were taken a few days ago. Starting with a close up of my beautiful wife.

This photo was taken on the coast of ZhuHai

The photo below is from an old fortress that had been re-vamped. The round shape allowed for a better view of the enemy. Now it is a restaurant where we had lunch.



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You live in ZhongShan !! you have to be kidding me !  I live in Shanghai and travel to Zhongshan often because of a friend. You might know him because he is the chef of the KaLi Golf Hotel... and he is faaaat. Not so many laowais there, so may be we met somewhere... 

I was seeing your posts because of your comment on the SAM. I will go post there.


And you Rudi, living in Shanghai....you gonna be kidding me...We already have some members living in Shanghai and our dear friend OddBot already attended a LMR meetup here in Shanghai.

So, please identify yourself dude ;-) I (and I am sure MarkusB also) expect you to come out and buy us at least a beer ;-)))

Zai Jian wode pengyou haha

Thanks Mates, I prefer a Pearl River gold label these days but it's all beer, the necter of life :-D

This is the best news I have seen on LMR for a very very long time! Best of wishes to you and your lovely wife!

...now where did I put my beer...

I'd raise a Tsing Tao to that!

If I could find one in Italy...  


Russell, I lived over in Shekou, Shenzhen for 2 years. My partner in yourduino.com, Jun Peng is from PingJiang up in Hunan province. BTW he just got married recently, too. But did his own paperwork... 

Last year I brought two of my Grandsons, 14 and 16 to visit China, and we spent 3 weeks up in the villages in Hunan. Fantastic experience.  I love the people and the friendliness we received everywhere, and the simple life. NOT Shenzhen! 

Some photos here: http://www.terryking.us/photoalbum/v/china/

my kind of place: http://www.terryking.us/photoalbum/v/china/ruralchina/TerryChinaVillage1.jpg.html

I am personally concerned with the future of the Chinese young people. I am happy to have started a business partnership in China where two people are making a decent living out of it. I hope to employ more in the future. But the reality is not so good for millions of others. See:



Look at the faces of these kids in the village where Peng grew up:


Have a good life!

Best Regards to you and your family, Terry King ...On the Mediterranean in Italy


I've been in ZhongShan for over 2 years now, It is an industrial city and the pace is slow and comfortable compared to cities like ShenZhen.

I know the conditions vary a lot accross the country but our workers here do pretty well by Chinese standards. The company provides lunch and dinner. There is an airconditioner in the assembly room. The boss takes everyone out to dinner when we have a good month and occasionally hires a kareoke room.

Once a year we have a company holiday where the company takes the workers to see and do new things. The last trip I went on we went to the GuangZhou Zoo,  a Temple and rode inflatable rafts down a section of river that had been modified into a huge waterslide several kilometers long with water fights at each pool between the slide sections.

Congratulations OB, plans to move back to Aus or stay in China?

G'day Ant, long time, no hear :D

When I left Australia house prices were so high that a friend of mine with a very high paying job still could not buy a house because she was single. I was single and my injuries made it difficult to find work.

Here in China I can buy a house and put my kids through university. I love Australia but I cannot support my family there.

Well, it's good to have you here in China Russell :-) Please stay here and invent more of your amazing robots.