Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for September, 2005

Toy Soldiers

Chinese colleges started the new academic year at the beginning of September, but many freshmen have yet to see a classroom. Instead they have been spending their time undertaking so-called “military training”. This consists mainly of learning the difficult task of marching in reasonably neat rows while simultaneously yelling “One, Two, Three, Four!”. That takes […]

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National Day Nonsense

Twice a year, I have the great joy of working out the mystery of how a three day holiday is considered to be a week by the less cynical locals. Until October 1999, the 50th anniversary of Mao’s proclamation of the founding the People’s Republic, China’s National Day was celebrated by a three day holiday. […]

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I was walking home last night around dusk when I happened to look up at a new apartment building which is nearing completion. This is what I saw. Scary! More pictures here and here.

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Sky

I was walking home last night around dusk when I happened to look up at a new apartment building which is nearing completion. This is what I saw. Scary! More pictures here and here.

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Mid-Autumn Madness

I was planning to regale you with miserable tales about the Liuzhou telephone and internet system failing to cope with the demand on the evening of Mid-Autumn Festival last night. I couldn’t get into my broadband connection and my telephone was dead. I was eating my mooncakes (foul things) and walking about muttering and cursing […]

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…lost on the river bridge

Liuzhou's newest bridge over the river finally opened today. But not without a last minute hitch. For some reason the bridge, which has been known as 友谊大桥 yǒu y d qio (Friendship Bridge) since the plan to build it was hatched, metamorphosed into 文昌大桥 wn chāng d qio (Wenchang Bridge) at the last minute. All […]

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Advice Wanted

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