Liuzhou Laowai

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Retarded photographers and the recession

Several years ago, the open air night snack market which was just to the west of the northern end of the No. 1 bridge (Liujiang Daqiao) was closed down by the self appointed guardians of our morality and hygiene who much prefer cleaning up popular eating venues than than cleaning up their own filth. The various stalls (at least those which could afford the bribes for a place) were shunted into a semi-underground ghetto which is there to this day.

The floors are covered in greasy, slippery scum and the food isn’t much better. The toilets are among the few in Liuzhou which still charge, but don’t spend a fen on cleaning. They should pay you for your contribution.

But there is one place which I quite like. Their position is kind of half in and half out of the the ghetto. On the edge, so to speak. They specialise in BBQ’d fish and grilled skewers, but really they will bring you anything you want. If they don’t do it themselves, they will send a minion to pick some up from a nearby stall.

I was once physically attacked rather unsuccessfully by a drunken idiot there, but it didn’t put me off.

Now, I confess to being one of those annoying people who routinely photograph my dinner. There are several reasons for doing so.

1) I might forget what I ate.
2) I want to tell other people whether it was good or not.
3) People (very occasionally) pay me for pictures of the weirder stuff we eat here.

I am not so annoying as some people. I never use flash and I do not carry a step ladder when I go for dinner just in case the chairs don’t give me enough height to capture the perfect angle for a shot.

So I was amused by this somewhat politically incorrect sign I saw yesterday in the window of the afore-mentioned BBQ fish place.

No photographs! Unles....

The graphic suggests that they are against the idea of customers taking photos (although the red bar should be in front of the camera). The wording at the bottom adds the exception – “unless you are retarded”.

So I took a picture if it. (By the way, the poster is out of focus, not me!)

I don’t think they really object to photograph taking – someone just thought the sign was amusing. Few Chinese restaurants object to photo taking – with the inglorious exception of the pizza hell operator in Nanning. They certainly don’t object to the retarded – after all, they let in the donkey who tried to punch me but failed!

A second, also amusing, but more sensible sign hangs next to the last one.

Recession? What recession?

At first glance, I thought it was telling me not to get drunk and fall down a hole, Liuzhou’s favourite pastime, but no.

They are telling me “The economic crisis it is not easy for anyone. It is forbidden to bring your own alcohol or snacks here.” The sign is in traditional Chinese characters, which makes me suspect they found it in Hong Kong. I can’t see the idea of not taking your own food to restaurants catching on here!

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5 Responses to “Retarded photographers and the recession”

  1. Michael Says:

    I’m fairly certain that poster was made for me.

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    I knew you’d be the first to comment!

  3. david Says:

    No , me !
    What is it about images of Asian food that is so glorious ?
    I photo so much for emailing jealous uk foodologists (!) that I’m usually greeted with an album Last time it was thrown at me .
    I know the ghetto and confirm the food is wonderful , as if you needed assurance !
    Back Saturday – hoorah !

  4. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    I don’t agree the food is wonderful! It’s mostly greasy, cheap rubbish. With one or two exceptions. There is much better food elsewhere. The real one man operations who cared about the food refused to move into the soulless ghetto and instead scattered across the city.

  5. david Says:

    Well then I must have ben lucky and got the one man (or one woman in this case) job . Hot and hot to taste , the flavours admitedly not helped by the diesel fumes.



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