Check yo'self fool. I know she looks real cute and you might think that gun is just a big plastic toy, but the grim reality is that Little Meimei's are out on patrol in the old town of Lijiang making sure tourists don't get out of hand. Several drunken nouveau-riche have been "dealt with" recently and the local government admitted that at least three "nappy-headed backpackers" have "gone missing" since the controversial Little Meimei Strike Hard Campaign (LMSHC) began after the New Year. If you happen to be in southwest China, be sure to check in with your local Public Security Bureau to receive the pink ribbons that allow Little Meimeis to distinguish Patriotic Foreign Guests from Disharmonious Elements.
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"It is important that our security forces put forward their most attractive and approachable face," said Wang Lao Gai, director of Lijiang's LMSHC work unit. "Chengdu revolutionized public security with their introduction of beautiful women, we have taken their efforts a step further with our Little Meimei Brigade.
Only kidding folks! Shot by photographer Carl Bertram on the streets of Lijiang back in October 2010, we spotted this pic in our Ctrip China Travel Photo Contest and just had to share it. Head to Carl's Fractal* photostream on Flickr to check out more of his great images from China and beyond.
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