Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China





Luosifen in Seattle

I know a number of people who have visited Liuzhou miss luosifen when they leave. I have just heard of this relatively new restaurant in Seattle, which specializes in Liuzhou Luosifen. If anyone in the area has been or goes in future, please let’s know how it is.

Click on the image for their website.


Note: There is also a Luosifen lovers group on Face book.


Wine Museum

One of Liuzhou’s smallest museums is the Chinese Wine Culture Museum (柳州市国酒文化博物馆).

The place is what it says it is. Exhibits on the manufacture, history and culture of “Chinese wine”. As ever they don’t really mean wine, but 白酒 the spirit.

The museum is on Beizhan Lu (北站路) around three minute’s walk from the fire station, on the same side. Alternatively, take the No 2 bus to the only stop on Beizhan Lu, cross the road and walk a few metres back.

The museum is open Monday to Saturday. Mornings 10:00 to 1200; afternoons 15:00 to 17:00. Groups of 10 or more should reserve by calling 0772-2821109.

Festive February

Breast Enhancement Death

A Liuzhou woman has died after complications arose during breast “enhancement” surgery. The woman, only named as Li, was undergoing the surgery at Jinyin Aimili Medical Beauty Clinic when a serious health issue arose and she was transferred to Liuzhou City Chinese Medicine Hospital and later transferred to what reports are calling “Liuzhou Central Hospital” where she died two days later. There is no such hospital in Liuzhou. I’m guessing they mean Liuzhou People’s Hospital.

It seems her husband and family were unaware that she was having the operation until it went wrong and they were contacted.

Almost every advertisement you see on the sides of buses etc. are for these so-called “Beauty Clinics”. Vanity surgery is a huge business and dozens of private clinics have sprung up

Investigations are continuing to try to establish what qualifications the doctor and two nurses carrying out the surgery have, if any.

The full story is here.

Open Windows

Astonishingly perhaps, most of China’s computer infrastructure is still running Windows XP, nearly 5 years after all support from Microsoft ended, rendering it more and more open to attack.

The above picture was taken in a Liuzhou branch of the Bank of China, just days ago. Most ATMs are still using XP as are many branches of the local government, the railway system and airlines.

A couple of years ago, I asked a young friend how often he updated his anti-virus software. He responded that he might once a year or so. He couldn’t understand why I suggested he did so at least once a day!

But the prize goes to the donkey who told me a computer couldn’t have viruses because it wasn’t connected to the internet.

a) it was

b) not being connected would only mean the virus database wasn’t being updated.

Oh, by the way, he was a professor in the IT department of a local university.

While China has adopted the internet enthusiastically, it remains astonishingly naive about security.

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