Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for May, 2007

Zhuang Burning-string Therapy

I have always been fairly cynical about so-called alternative therapies. I like old fashioned drugs thank you very much. About seven years ago, I was sitting here in Liuzhou suffering from rheumatism in my left arm. This was nothing new. I had been suffering for years. It became so painful sometimes that I couldn’t move the […]

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Artificial Artifice

Let me take you down, ’cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields Nothing is real   Liuzhou is an old city (approximately 2,100 years), but you wouldn’t think so looking at it. What wasn’t destroyed by the Japanese during the war has disappeared under the ‘development’ of recent years. Only a few buildings of historical interest remain. Of […]

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Caving In

They're at it again! For the third time in less than a year, the good people of Liuzhou have taken to falling down holes, then using their mobile phones to alert the rescue squads. Seems this chap was happily chaining his motorcycle to a tree when a six metre hole opened up under his feet and […]

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A Pushover

In the centre of the city, there is a building site. Actually the centre of the city is a building site, but I am referring to one particular building. They have been working on this building for around ten years. A spate of construction would go on; the developers would run out of cash; the […]

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Sentry Duck

Last week, I decided to go for a walk in the countryside on the outskirts of Liuzhou. I'm not sure why. Here are a few pictures of what I met. A rice paddy. Path through the fields. Firewood Shack. Peasants doing whatever peasants do. I was able to deduce that these are tomato plants because […]

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File that water

The locals were given some free entertainment the other day when a water main burst. . For reasons which I cannot explain they seemed to be trying to stem the gush by ramming an old filing cabinet into the hole! Still the street got a free wash.

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Yao Minority Folk Singing

A friend from nearby Jinxiu who is of the Yao minority sent me this. I think it's lovely, so I am sharing.  

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Jiang Bing had a little lamb

It is good to be good at something. And a man needs a hobby. For reasons which are not entirely clear, local resident, Jiang Bing, decided to roast 128 whole lambs. Watching someone barbecuing on a 40 metre wide barbecue for two hours is obviously more interesting than what they usually do so the locals came […]

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The clowns have left, the idiots arrive.

div align=”justify”>I learn from my newspaper that the “[clown] festival, which lasted from May 1 to 7, has attracted more than 300,000 tourists and has generated 500 to 600 million yuan in economic profits.” Excuse me? The report was filed before the festival ended. But you've managed to work out the profits already? And it […]

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the jugglers and the clowns

I spent most of yesterday in the company of a bunch of clowns. “What's new?” I hear you cry. Well these weren't your regular run of the mill clowns. No siree. These were the real deal. Having promised to try, I took myself and my camera across town to visit the Clown Festival. Such was […]

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