Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for October, 2011

Joining the Angels

No I haven’t kicked the proverbial, though there were times I felt like kicking someone. The day got off to a bad start. I dragged myself out of bed after the third “snooze” reset of the alarm to find it was still closer to the time I usually go to bed than to the time […]

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Flower Power

This attractive young lady popped up in Liuzhou’s People’s Square a couple of days ago. I didn’t pay her much attention. Not my type. Her name is Liu Doll (柳娃 liǔ wá) and her function is to act as a mascot for the first Guangxi Horticultural Expo, set to open in Liuzhou on Sunday 30th October […]

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Random Photograph No. 47 – Dragonfly

Random Photograph No. 47 Photographs taken in Liuzhou which amuse, perplex or fascinate me.

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Ding Dong Delivery

It has taken a while, but Liuzhou has final taken delivery of the world’s biggest Buddhist bell. It turned up yesterday (19th October 2011) after it’s long journey from Wuhan. Suitably gift-wrapped, of course! Its house isn’t quite ready, but no doubt we shall hear it ring soon. Just what we need. The place isn’t […]

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Paintings? Photographs?

Not directly Liuzhou related, but I would be failing in my duty if I didn’t bring these to your attention. A set of photographs, processed to resemble traditional Chinese paintings. Some beautiful images. More here.

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Random Photograph 46 – Green Door

Random Photograph No.46 Photographs taken in Liuzhou which amuse, perplex or fascinate me.

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Mind Games

With Liuzhou’s leaders determined to make the city better known, even to the extent of spending millions of yuan on their water festival opening ceremony alone, you might think that they would be delighted to be featured as the lead photograph on yesterday’s (11 October) Wall Street Journal “Photos of the Day” feature. On the […]

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Bridge jumpers

We are used to people jumping off the river’s many bridges here in Liuzhou. The people involved usually claim that they are trying to end it all. But I like that they leave themselves a get out clause. They can either swim to safety having made the dramatic statement or, chances are, they will be […]

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Random Photographs 44 and 45

With the Water Carnival on, the locals have been decking themselves out in their minority costumes again. Here are a couple of examples.

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Cross the Water

For reasons which remain lost in the mists, some people have decided to celebrate the Water Festival by keeping as far away from the water as it is probably possible to get. They have taken to travelling around Liuzhou by stringing tightropes around the mountains and walking across them. Now, I have two questions: 1) […]

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