Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

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Guangxi 50

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 (Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Xinjiang, Tibet and Guangxi).

Prior to 1958, Guangxi was a province like all the others but, because of its high percentage of Zhuang people, at Zhou Enlai's prompting, it was given autonomous region status. In practice there is no autonomy. The only benefit is that the governor of the region must be a member of the Zhuang ethnic minority. However, the region's party secretary, who is more powerful, is always from the majority Han Chinese. The same applies in all autonomous regions. The local guy gets to be governor, but the real power stays firmly in the hands of the Han. Current Chinese president, Hu Jintao, born in Jiangsu in eastern China was the party secretary of Tibet.

Anyway, the locals don't care about all that. It's a beautiful day; the city has been festooned with flags and lanterns. Schools, Government offices, most banks etc are all closed. So the people do what Chinese people usually do on holidays. They go shopping; they hang around the parks; they take photos of each other. The correct method of taking a photo of anything interesting is to get your friend to stand in front of it. I often imagine conversations along the lines of:

"Where is that?"

"Oh, that's me blocking the view of the Great Wall. Would you like to see a photo of me blocking the view of the Hong Kong skyline?"

"Yes please."


So, at great personal risk, I wandered among the crowds and now bring you a small selection of pictures taken around town, mostly in the city square. What surprised me most was the scrum trying to get into Liuzhou Museum. Usually the place is dead.

Liuzhou Guangxi 11-12-2008

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