Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for March, 2008

The Latest on Liuzhou’s “Forbidden City”

If Liuzhou's officially corrupt leaders thought the “villa” scandal was going to go away over the weekend, they must be seriously disappointed this morning. Once again, the newspapers are full of stories criticising them. Not your ordinary newspapers, but the official mouthpieces. “Communist Party of China News”, a riveting read, accuses them of ignoring public […]

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Liuzhou Government Criticised

For some time now, the local government have been planning a move from the city centre to a specially built site in the east of the city. This is to include not only office accommodation, but also riverside homes for the party and government leaders. There has been some controversy in the past as the […]

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Migrant Deaths

More information is coming to light about the traffic accident yesterday in which ten people died. All the dead and injured were passengers in the van which collided head on with a coach. No one on the bus was injured. The van, which is permitted to carry a maximum of five people, was carrying twelve. […]

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The Power and the Glory

Liuzhou Government (i.e. Liuzhou branch of the Chinese Communist Party) have held ‘elections’ to choose various leaders. Of course, quite who gets to vote and who gets to stand is not mentioned, but you can be sure it ain’t the man in the street. What is surprising (not in the least) is that, although the […]

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No comment

Have I ever mentioned the utter idiocy which Liuzhou displays in allowing untrained, unlicenced, uninsured, unbrained idiots to charge up and down the roads, sidewalks, pavements, squares etc. on silent killing machines? Possibly, in passing. Here is one example which I'm not even going to comment on. Well, not very much. Then again, the van […]

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Well again

I’m delighted to report that, after a long break, the people of Liuzhou have taken to falling down holes again. At the weekend, this 50 year old man kept up the tradition by falling into a well and having to be rescued.

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Can it!

From time to time, I interrupt my usual liquid diet and try some of the lumpy stuff – food. I enjoy the market, selecting my goodies and chatting with the stall holders. Then I go home laden with provisions and think – what to cook? I have the ingredients. I love cooking. But, I’m bored. […]

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Fog Everywhere

“Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls deified among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city. Fog creeping into the cabooses of collier-brigs; fog lying out on the yards and hovering in the rigging […]

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Serve Somebody

I’ve been taking a trip down memory lane – and it was fun. When, I first moved to China some eleven years ago, the standard of service was ridiculous. Today’s newbies still complain about bad service, but believe me it has improved a lot. Independent, privately owned and operated restaurants are generally not so bad. […]

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Cunning Plan

It may have come to your attention that there is a slight problem in T!bet. It seems a bunch of ruffians called T!betans are causing trouble. Don’t worry! The government has a cunning plan. They have blocked Youtube! That’ll sort everything out. Morons.

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