Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for August, 2008

Nice little earner

Somehow, I missed this earlier but now bring you the news that Liuzhou Government has handed over ¥1,000,000 of the locals' money to the city's Olympic gold medal winners.  Controversial 16 – 14 – who knows how old gymnast Jiang Yuyuan and weightlifter Lu Yong were given ¥300,000 each. I know Jiang hasn't lived in […]

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Alcohol Abuse

Disaster.  I planned a quiet weekend at home. Take in a few movies. Eat some unhealthy food. You know the sort of thing. Washed down with a few beers. Unfortunately, my beer supply for the weekend was on its way when the idiot driving the truck had a collision with another truck going in the […]

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Rule Britannia!

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Travel Thief

UPDATE 5th September 2008 WARNING: Do not visit any of the gxtravel sites mentioned in this post. They all contain viruses and trojans. They were OK a few days ago, but not now. As regulars will know, apart from this blog, I have a website which contains information about Liuzhou. Useful for a few people. […]

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Yizhou Disaster

One of my favourite places to go when I feel the need of a change from Liuzhou is the neighbouring city of Yizhou. Like most cities, it ain’t pretty, but the surrounding countryside is. Very. It is similar to the famous scenery in tourist trap Yangshuo, but without the tourists or the hordes of rogues […]

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Spinning Plates

There is something fundamentally wrong with this picture. It is supposedly a collection of licence plates from vehicles stopped by the cops for speeding on Guangxi highways during a 9 hour period. Spot what's wrong? The yellow plates on the left are used on larger vehicles such as trucks and buses. OK. The next group. […]

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Statue of a Statue

I spotted this a few days ago and thought about taking a picture to put here. At the time, the workmen were still installing it, so I decided to wait. Yesterday, the local rag had an article explaining what it is and why it’s there. According to the article, it is in Wuxing (Five Star) […]

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Safety Second

It seems that China is holding some kind of sports meeting. As far as I can make out this is taking place in Beijing, Qingdao, Shanghai and Hong Kong. All quite far away. None of the action seems to be taking place in Liuzhou. There's not much information in the local newspapers*. But we all feel safer to […]

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Responsible Parenthood

 

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Good Job – $7.5 million a minute

The FT is reporting that Liuzhou's most famous export, Li Ning is $30 million US dollars richer as a result of his 4 minute flight and torch lighting. Great work if you can get it. Read and weep.  However, I wonder. Has anyone seen him since he lit the torch? I hope they haven't left […]

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