Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

“the vandals took the handles”

“The pump don’t work
’Cause the vandals took the handles”

Bob Dylan Subterranean Homesick Blues 1965

One evening a few days ago I got home after a stroll around downtown Liuzhou. I went to wash my hands and spectacularly failed. A dribble of water came out then stopped completely. Strange, I thought, but guessed they were working on something and it would be back soon. Sure enough, a short time later, I heard the sound of running water from the flat above me so turned on my tap. Nothing!

Next, I checked with my neighbour. “Yes, we have water. No problem.”

So I went downstairs to where the stopcocks and meters are. To my amazement, the handle to my supply is missing. I ran upstairs, grabbed a pair of pliers and turned my water back on. Some idiot had turned it off and stolen the handle.


Later I looked at another batch of pipes supplying the flats on the other side of my block. All the handles but one have gone!

No handles

Next day, I called the water company who explained to me that it is very common. Seems Dylan knew a thing or two about Liuzhou living.

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