Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for December, 2008

Shengdan Kuaile

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Peeping Tom Goes to Cops

A Liuzhou “Peeping Tom” got more than he bargained for and had to resort to calling the police himself. The bright young chap, named only as Dong, installed a hidden camera to spy on couples' activities in a room of a hotel run by his parents. Fortunately, but not for Dong, one more than usually […]

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Ming Dynasty Swiss Watch

I once met a young, otherwise sane Chinese chap who was utterly convinced that when explorers first broke into Tutankhamen's tomb, they found a fully functional colour television. He saw it on a documentary, he claimed. I am reminded of this by reading a story in the newspapers today. It seems that some local idiots […]

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Christmas Excavators

As we head towards Christmas, you are probably thinking of taking in a pre-Christmas show. Or a pantomime. Or a concert. Depending on your taste. Unfortunately, Liuzhou (like most Chinese cities) is a bit of a cultural wasteland and I don't just mean at Christmas. Yes, we have occasional concerts and there is a large […]

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French Woman Dead After Fire

Sad news. Although there has been nothing in the Chinese media confirming the news, French sources are reporting that the body found in the house belonging to the French woman known as 方芳 Fāng Fāng (real name Franoise Grenot-Wang) is indeed hers. The badly burned body was reported to be undergoing DNA tests. (Update. Now […]

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Happy Birthday Guangxi

Today. the 11th of December, 2008 Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its founding. A public holiday has been declared throughout the region. China consists of 23 provinces (including Taiwan), 4 municipalities (Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and Tianjin), 2 Special Administrative Regions (SARs) (Hong Kong and Macau) and 5 Autonomous Regions […]

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Spiral Scratch

I commented before on the epic lack of taste of the local planners and, in particular, this nonsense where they seemed to have gathered together a team of drunken imbeciles to design a few tubes covered in sticky back plastic. The sort of thing I did in primary school – or would have done if […]

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Guangxi 50

It was only a year ago that I

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All Along the Watchtower

When the local government decided to relocate from the city centre to the much criticised (see here and here) new luxury site on the east side of the river, they had to take all the best facilities with them. Liuzhou High School, the city’s best, was moved and now they have moved Liuzhou People’s Hospital. […]

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Where does the time go? To my amazement, I realise that today is the fourth anniversary of the first entry on this blog. When I started it, I never thought it would still be going four months later, never mind four years and, even more surprisingly, gathering more readers. So, I would like to thank […]

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