Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for June, 2009

They’re Flagging

As I strolled downtown this morning, I got the distinct impression that I was in China! This miraculous revelation came about because, overnight, they have stuck large Chinese flags on virtually every lamp post in the city. The Chinese State Flag. You know the big red thing with five stars. I passed literally hundreds of […]

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Blast!

Back in 2003, when the then mayor, nicknamed The Hammer, decided to destroy rebuild Liuzhou, countless buildings were torn down, including some which had never been completely built. The demolition was almost always done by hand. Gangs of labourers with sledge hammers. Later, things became somewhat more mechanised, but recently they have just taken to […]

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Stubborn Buns

Liuzhou has (nearly) lost one of its favourite shops. In their efforts to clear space for what is promised to be Guangxi's tallest building, they have been tearing down and blowing up buildings all along the northern side of the city square. The hospital has all gone and for the last few weeks they have […]

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China in the 1920s

A lovely, fascinating film turned up on YouTube, yesterday. (Sadly, YouTube remains blocked in China – so I don't know how I managed to see it!)  

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Filthy Scum

The world's most disgusting government is being warmly welcomed to visit Guangxi. According to People's Daily, Burmese “State Peace and Development Council” (i.e the military junta) Vice-Chairman Maung Aye has been enjoying a holiday an official visit  to China. I read that “Myanmar and China share a long history of friendship which is increasingly cemented” […]

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Random Photograph No. 14 – Gloves

Fourteenth in a series of pictures, taken in Liuzhou, which amuse or interest me.  

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Fourteenth in a series of pictures, taken in Liuzhou, which amuse or interest me.  

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Living in the Past

I have been wasting a lot of time, enjoyably wandering through the good old British Library's new online collection of pages from British newspapers from 1800 to 1913. Well, the free pages, anyway. Sadly nothing about Liuzhou, but that's hardly surprising. (Remember, if you want to search anything connected to China you have to use […]

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Watersports Festival

They’re going to be playing in the river again. Following last year’s hosting of the F1 Powerboat Grand Prix, this year Liuzhou is going to be treated to the jump and wakeboard events in the International Water Ski Federation (IWSF) 2009 World Cup. The events will be held during the National Day holiday, from October […]

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Updated Chaos

As predicted, there was traffic chaos this morning as the new routing around the city centre came into effect. See last post. Liuzhou’s traffic police normally spend their time sitting under these little tent things, reading their newspapers, chatting with colleagues or just sleeping. Then at 5 pm they go home, leaving the city’s fine […]

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