Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for October, 2008

Suicide Kit

It is with deep regret that I have to confess that I am unable to illustrate this tale with my usual documentary visual aids, but it was the merest glimpse through a somewhat steamed up bus window, although I swear to its veracity. A few days ago, I overtook my previous record for the number […]

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Smoke on the Water

The river has been busy. A couple of  weekends ago, we had a bunch of overgrown rich kids turn up and play with their expensive toys. This was known as the F1 Powerboat Grand Prix and I was going to ignore it. Then I read that the local government are praising themselves for its success […]

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Chair Holes

I don't go looking for this stuff, you know. It just keeps turning up. In yet another cunning variation on Liuzhou's recurrent falling down holes theme, this adventurous chap managed to get himself stuck in a chair in Liuzhou museum on Sunday.   Firemen cut him free. I hope they kept the chair to put […]

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A Stitch in Time

Random Photograph No. 13 Thirteenth in a series of pictures, taken in Liuzhou, which amuse or interest me.   A tailor's shop at night in downtown Liuzhou. the sign says “Clothes adjusted. Zippers replaced.”  Image © 2008 Liuzhou Overseas Ltd

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More Bull

Here is yet another reminder of how much the countryside and agriculture is still dominant in China (it is estimated that around 70% of the population work on the land) and how near the countryside is. It is easy to forget in downtown Liuzhou. This morning a couple of local farmers paid ¥3000, a lot […]

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Mao Mao Mao

About three years ago, the local government decided to build some accommodation for retired government workers. One morning at about six a.m. a bunch of people with spades and mechanical diggers turned up and tore up the neighbours’ vegetable patches and started building themselves little houses. The migrant workers settled in and (very slowly) built […]

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5th Time Around

Well, I got dragged along to the opening ceremony of the 5th Liuzhou International Fantastic Stone Festival, anyway. I got up early and staggered off to take a bus from the official meeting point in the city centre. The bus then drove straight past my home again and deposited me outside some building on the […]

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As Holes

The locals have taken to poisoning each other. Again. It seems that Liuzhou's China Tin Group., China's 3rd biggest tin company, have been chucking arsenic into the water supply of villagers in Xialuntun, a village in China's largest tin bearing region just to the northwest of Liuzhou. 450 people got sick and the plant has […]

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Bridge to Nowhere

The local rag has published pictures of a bridge. Liuzhou is full of bridges – some real, others not. This one is supposedly a “replica” of the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge in Cincinatti. I’m not sure that Mr. Roebling who designed the real one would recognise this one. Here is his original. The fake […]

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A strange thing happened last night. Someone decided to celebrate China’s National Day by attacking a random foreigner for no reason at all. Fortunately the idiot was too drunk to succeed. I had dinner with a good friend and her new boyfriend (both Chinese). I hadn’t seen her for a while and had never met […]

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