Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for December, 2004

Dazed and Confused

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A man’s a man for a’ that!

When he wasn’t too busy making cakes, Kipling famously wrote “East is east and west is west and never the twain shall meet” This is obviously nonsense. East and west most certainly meet. Just watch the tourists at Greenwich Observatory every day having their pictures taking straddling the mean line. But then, I suppose he […]

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Brrrr!

One of the reasons I choose to live here in Guangxi is the climate. For nine months of the year it is warm, if not hot! We are just a shade above the Tropic of Cancer and so are officially in a “semi-tropical zone.”. Last Wednesday (22nd December), I was basking in afternoon temperatures of […]

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All Aboard!

Yesterday, I did something rather rash. I know it’s a bad habit, but where would we be if we didn’t occasionally do something wild and crazy? It’s not something I do often and I’m sure it’s not habit forming. In a moment of madness, I decided to take a bus! Not a special long distance […]

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Snails

Among the various things for which Liuzhou is famous (see coffins below) are its gastronomic delights. It seems that every city in China has its speciality which, as everyone knows, is the best in China. Some years ago, I lived in Hunan and the local “world famous” dish was an absolutely delicious duck stew, laden […]

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A site for sore eyes!

I know you are all sitting out there in blogland, wondering what you can buy me for Christmas which will live up to my highly sophisticated needs. Fear not. I have a suggestion to make. I really need one of these! According to the manufacturer, the “USB Eye Massager is the latest-designed¬† health care Product […]

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This Land of Tattooed People

Here is a poem (translation below) by the Tang Dynasty poet, Liu Zongyuan (773 – 819). Back in those days, to be in the ruling elite, you had to be a dab hand at scribbling down a verse or two. Liu Zongyuan screwed up at some point by backing the wrong coup and was shipped […]

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Groundhog Day

Every morning for the past three years, I’ve woken at 5:59 to the sound of, not Sonny and Cher, but the joyful refrains of “Happy Birthday to You”. I leap out of bed demanding presents and cake, only to sink back in disappointment at the recognition of just another day in China. After a while, […]

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Coffins

This delightful little poem translates as Be born in Suzhou Live in Hangzhou Eat in Guangzhou Die in Liuzhou Allegedly, the most beautiful people are from Suzhou, while Hangzhou is rated as China’s most beautiful city. Guangzhou (Canton) is, of course, the home of Cantonese food, supposedly the best China has to offer. All highly […]

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Power Guanxi

OK. I’m an idiot. I had every opportunity to deal with things before they got out of hand. But I didn’t. Yesterday my electricity was cut off for non-payment. I had meant to pop in and hand over the cash, but I kept forgetting. So, there I was happily googling for something or other, when […]

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