Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

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 debatable. In fact, having visited all of the cities mentioned, I don’t agree with any of the claims!

But what has poor Liuzhou done to merit its reputation as a great place to peg it? Well, it seems that in the past the best coffins were made here. Apparently, this was due to the fine quality of wood in the surrounding forests.

The forests have long gone along the way of the occupants of all those coffins. Now the only industry connected with dying seems to be Liuzhou Cigarette Company (although I have to say that I never feel 100% safe in the locally produced Wuling Vans that everyone drives!)

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