The hand you see to the girl’s left is her father’s hand. He was directing her on how to pose. He wanted the perfect picture. In the background is the blurred image of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an, the city that is famous for the terracotta warriors. Partially visible to the girl’s right side is a statue of Xuan Zang, a famous Buddhist monk from ancient times.
As a solo traveler in a foreign land, I tend to feel like an object that is moving through an area while closely observing the surroundings. This is particularly true in countries that are virtually monocultures, such as China. If I am taking photos in China, I almost always prefer doing so in very crowded places. In a crowd, I am more inconspicuous and feel more comfortable taking pictures of total strangers without a fear of being hassled about it.