Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China


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.

Spam, Spam, Spam

I have changed the comments policy here following a change in the spam monitoring service provided by Askimet, WordPress’s spam protection service.

Whereas I previously saw very little spam in the comments, in the last two days, I have had literally thousands of spam comments to clear out. Both from here and from my email account which alerted to me to comments being posted.

So, from now on, comments will only be open on posts for 30 days, after which they will automatically close.

Sorry about that, but there too many idiots in the world determined to ruin the internet for everyone.

Happy New Year 2019

A new year in my favourite city – and we get another one on February 5th. A Year of the Pig. Hopefully not a pig of a year.

Random Photograph No. 100 – Keeping Warm

Random Picture No. 100 is one in a series of pictures, taken in Liuzhou, which amuse, baffle or otherwise interest me.

Keeping Warm – Liuzhou Style, December 2018

Random Photograph No. 99 – December 1958

Random Picture No. 99 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

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