I went to China with a group of Malay friends in June 2006. It was a halal trip which was meant for the malays. They wanted me to go with them in the hope that I could help them to communicate with the Chinese in China.
So off we went. It was fun visiting places and even shopping. Those Chinese wouldn't call me but would call my friends to buy their stuff. I had to help to negotiate with the shopkeepers even though I only spoke few words of Mandarin.
Once, we were taken to a massage place. All of them had a foot massage except me. One of the Chinese asked me in Mandarin:
Are you the tour guide?
I had to pretend that I was one.
Next, when we grouped together and talked, a pair of couples asked me:
Who are they? Why do you talk to them?
Oh, we are from Malaysia.
We even climbed the Great Wall of China.
We had a real fun time in Beijing.