Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for February, 2007

Steel Yourself

Liuzhou hits the news. On the day when China's stockmarket suffered its greatest fall in 10 years, Liuzhou offered one of the few exceptions. According to this story: “The Shanghai and Shenzhen 300 Index slid 250.18, or 9.2 percent, to 2457.49. The measure, which jumped 13 percent in the past six sessions, closed at a […]

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Shakin’ All Over

Being good communists and wishing to promote the march to a perfect socialist society, Liuzhou Bus Company regulary decorate their buses with advertisements from anyone willing to pay enough to promote their wares. Most of the ads are for mobile phone companies, drink purveyors (soft and alcoholic) and, of course, hospitals. I would say that […]

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The Ghost of New Years Past

Regular visitors (both of you) will have noticed a recent trend. It is New Year and I have mentioned dinner rather a lot. Go back to last year and you will find the same. And the year before. Great dinners. But… I have often sat with my Chinese family and wondered what they have been […]

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Extremists

It was just a moment ago I was describing the deserted streets of Liuzhou on New Year's Eve as everyone and his auntie headed off to family for supper. The next day, New Year's Day, was equally quiet. Perhaps quieter. Everyone stayed at home. Too hungover to go out, I reckon! But last night we […]

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Flash, Bang, Wallop

Well, I survived last night’s revelries. They began around 5 pm when my phone rang. “Come immediately!” I had been invited for the traditional New Year’s Eve banquet at the home of a distant branch of the family. Nearer branches have moved out of Liuzhou. So, off I set for the roughly 30 minute walk […]

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Lucky Doors

You may be surprised to learn that today is the 30th day of the 12th month of the year 4603. This means that tomorrow will be 1/1/4604. So everyone except me is very busy. Chinese New Year is upon us again. The Year of the Pig. My neighbours are busily cleaning their homes, hanging up […]

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Happy Pigs!

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Due to some idiosyncracy in the the traditional Chinese calendar, Spring Festival (or Chinese New Year as it is better known outside China) has rolled up a bit later than usual this year. Given that and a bit of Global Warming, this means that, for once, it actually feels like Spring. Previous Spring Festivals could […]

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Liuzhou Cops Given Jugs

This friendly looking chap is a Liuzhou cop, brandishing his brand new knife. According to a story on the China Economic Net website, cops in Liuzhou have received brand new equipment. “In line with the requirements of the Ministry of Public Security, the new equipment includes all-purpose knives, telescopic batons, police flashlights, self-defense sprayers, jugs […]

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Seven Days – Dadawa

It was just in my last post that I said that Chinese popular music isn’t really my thing. There are, of course, exceptions. A long time favourite is 朱哲琴, known in the west as Dadawa. As far as I was aware, she had released three albums in 12 years and I have them all. I […]

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