Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Random Photograph 99 – December 1958

Random Picture No. 98 is one in a series of pictures, taken in Liuzhou, which amuse, baffle or otherwise interest me.

Celebrating Guangxi Province becoming Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, December 1958

Guangxi Birthday

One advantage of living in Guangxi, is that we get more holidays than most of China. In addition to the national statutory holidays, we also get a holiday for 三月三, the region’s ethnic minorities’ biggest festival, held on the 3rd day of the 3rd month by the traditional lunar-solar calendar.

This year they have managed to throw in a further two day holiday, today and tomorrow, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Guangxi becoming an “autonomous region”

Banners like the one above have popped up all over town. It reads Anghoc Gvanngjsih Bouxceungh Swcigih Laebbaenz 60 Hopbi in the Zhuang language and 热烈庆祝广西壮族自治区成立60周年 in Chinese which means “Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Founding of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region”.

But what does it mean? In practice, very little. There is no real autonomy anywhere in China. The party controls everything. The only real difference is that the Governor of Guangxi is always a member of the Zhuang ethnic minority, but as that title is largely symbolic and the real leader is the Party Secretary who is always Han, nothing really changes.

Of course, they roll out the ‘one China’ propaganda, too.

Chinese Peoples One Family Together Build the Chinese Dream

14

14 years ago (December 4th, 2004), I started this blog. I never expected to last a year, never mind this long, but I’m still just about here. It is also my 20th anniversary of arriving in Liuzhou, this time to stay. I had visited a couple of years earlier when living in Hunan.

OK, I’ve slowed down in terms of number of posts, partly because of being busy with other things, but also because I don’t want to get too repetitive.

Anyway, thank to everyone who has taken the time to read my mumblings, everyone who has commented either publicly or privately, and even the morons that think my penis needs extension or chemical supplements. I’ll get back to the latter if and when necessary

Liuzhou Airport Timetable

Liuzhou Bailian Airport has released its timetable/flight schedule from now until March 31st, 2019. It includes, as far as I remember for the first time, one international flight – to Cambodia. More flights are available from Nanning and Guilin airports.

Here, for your viewing pleasure, is my downloadable translation. Word Document or PDF File.

Please note, I take no responsibility or liability for any circumstances arising from errors introduced by me or already present in the schedule I have received and translated.

It is always your responsibility to check flight details again and again with airports, flight operators, travel agents, tarot cards and tea leaf readings. This is essential anywhere, but especially in China. Things often change without notice.

Also note, prices given are the base prices. Discounts are often available.

At holidays, in particular Spring Festival/Chinese New Year, prices may increase and extra flights may be added. Equally, some flights may disappear as pilots and other crew are re-assigned to more in-demand flights.

I think that covers my arse!

Guinness War

Gongmao (工贸大厦), the state-owned department store in the city centre recently re-opened its basement “boutique supermarket” after an extensive makeover. It still sells the same overpriced stuff as before. It is however good on breakfast cereals and there is the occasional surprise.

Gongmao

Their import beer selection is worth a look, but they are in extreme danger of re-starting a war. Their canned Guinness is price-labelled as being from the UK and features a UK Union Flag.

Ireland left the UK in 1922 after a long and deadly struggle and finally gained full independence from the UK, becoming the Republic of Ireland in 1949, the same year Mao declared the People’s Republic of China.

Guinness is from Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland which is not part of the UK! Interestingly the can label says clearly that it is from Ireland, both in English and in the Chinese translation (爱尔兰).

A Question of Luosifen

Visa Requirement Changes

I have received this notification from the UK government. I assume it applies to everyone, regardless of nationality.

I was required to have my fingerprints scanned when I returned from a short trip Vietnam back in May.

Escalating Failures

I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m mentioning it again because it’s getting worse.

If I counted correctly, the underground shopping mall full of cheap crap under Longcheng road in the city centre has 13 escalators. For weeks now, the majority don’t work. They claim they are broken, but I don’t believe them.

At present only 5 are functioning. 38%. Which means 62% are out of action.

If they were genuinely out of order, there would be people working on them. There isn’t. I have long been convinced that they just shut them off to save money.

That may be the management company’s right, but when the mall was built, pedestrian crossing of the Longcheng and Wuyi roads at ground level was blocked.  The only way now is by going underground.

Obviously, with most escalators disfunctional, this is a great inconvenience, particularly to those with any kind of mobility issues, parents with babies, etc

Get the finger out.

Baisha Bridge Update

Here is a short video of crossing the new Baisha Bridge at night. (YouTube, so VPN necessary.

2018 Liuzhou Water Carnival Opens

The International Water Carnival Opening Ceremony took place at 9 o’clock this morning. I wangled an invitation. There were the usual speeches, then the Party Secretary managed to declare festivities open in just one sentence.

We were then treated to a display of water sport on the river. National and local television crews were in attendance.

Here a few pictures.

Local Television

Drones were also filming aerial shots

The Carnival runs until October 10th.


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