I noticed a ton of cultural differences while at Summers Palace. One in particular that really moved me was the acceptance of our group while listening to the band and people gathered around singing on the hill. In America, I don't usually get the impression that people are as welcoming or accepting of people outside of their own race, nationality, etc. It was great to see everyone so excited to have us up on the stage, and I felt like a celebrity having people taking pictures from every which direction. They even went out of their way to incorporate Jingle Bells so we knew a song they were playing. These acts gave me the biggest smile, and made me wonder why America can't be more like this and open to new ideas, people, practices, etc.
I also noted how no one wore wedding rings. This I found to be the case, because a Chinese wedding isn't like the traditional American wedding with the exchange of rings and vows. Rather it's a ceremony dedicated to honoring three things: heaven, earth and parents.