Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for August, 2007

Acting the Goat

Random Photograph No. 3 Thirdin a series of pictures, taken in Liuzhou, which amuse me.

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My life is now complete! No longer will I have to suffer the indignity of having to do without the little comforts which are a man’s birthright. No siree! In future, I will be able to hold my head up, look you in the eye and say civilisation has finally reached Liuzhou! I was in […]

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” it’s life, and life only”

I’m sure it’s nothing to do with me, but almost exactly one month after I ranted about these killer machines on the streets of Liuzhou, the local newspaper announce a safety campaign. The headline roughly translates as “Electric Vehicles: Please steer to life!” While I applaud every effort to improve safety, there is only one […]

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Fire Away!

I’ve solved the mystery of the huge increase in the number of fires being reported in Liuzhou. It seems that there are not more fires, but more reporting. I get most of my local news through Chinese search engine, Baidu’s news service. The Chinese Fire Service has opened a website featuring fires all over […]

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Ring Them Bells

You have to be quick to keep up with the social trends round Liuzhou. Thelocals take up new hobbies and pastimes almost every week. After the 'falling down holes' and 'setting things on fire' crazes of recent months, they have a new one. On Thursday, this man was doing some window shopping and spotted a […]

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Fenghuang Bridge Disaster 2 – Updated

Perhaps the most surprising thing about the Fenghuang disaster is that we are hearing about it at all. Instead of following their usual practice of saying nothing and actively banning press coverage of anything negative, this story was all over the media, with front page reports in almost every newspaper in the country. Even my local newspaper dropped […]

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Fenghuang Bridge Disaster

This is not Liuzhou related, but I am saddened to hear of the bridge collapse in Fenghuang, Hunan. I lived in Hunan from 1997 to 1999, not far from Fenghuang and visited often. Western Hunan (Xiangxi) is a beautiful part of China, home to many people of the Miao and Tujia minorities and until recently, well off the tourist trail. Even […]

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Typhoon Fallout

Despite being 727 km (452 miles) from Hong Kong, we usually get some fall out. So on Saturday night and last night we had huge storms. Nothing as bad as being in the actual typhoon, but… Several years ago, I was in Qingdao when a typhoon hit. Cars were flying upside down past my hotel […]

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Snail writing fire

Only days after telling you of the record number of fires breaking out around Liuzhou, I spot yet another. This one is more interesting from a gastronomic and a linguistic viewpoint, however. The fire in question took place in a small noodle shop which specialises in Liuzhou’s most famous dish, Luosifen (pronounced approximately as Low […]

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Sleeping with the enemy

Random Photograph No. 2 Second in a series of pictures, taken in Liuzhou, which amuse me.

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