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 trying to sell you fake crap or offering to guide you to places you don’t want to go.
I also have friends living there.
So, it is with more sadness than usual that I read this news from yesterday.
16 people were killed and many injured in an explosion in a chemical factory. 17 more are still missing. Over 10,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.
Fire crews from various cities, including Liuzhou, have now put out the fires, but there is still smoke rising from the ruins.