Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for January, 2012

Happy Dragons

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Firework Frolics

As part of the Chinese New Year celebrations next week, Liuzhou will be holding its usual fireworks display. Unusually, they are doing this on New Year’s Day (Monday 23rd)  rather than a couple of days later as in the past. There will be five firework launch sites along the south riverside and on and around […]

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Happy Year of the Doll

Liuzhou city is wishing us a Happy Spring Festival (which starts on Monday with the Chinese New Year and runs till February 6th with the Lantern Festival marking the end). Ever mindful of the need in these harsh economic times to preserve funds for more banquets, the authorities have gone in for a bit of […]

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Friday Food 10 – Garland Chrysanthemum

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week garland chrysanthemum. One of the most baffling things in the local markets and supermarkets is the huge variety of greenery to be found. Although regular cabbages, spinach, watercress etc are there, what […]

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Circling the Square

Liuzhou government have announced that, after 13 months of work, Guangchang Lu (广场路), which runs along the north side of Liuzhou Peoples’ Square, will re-open to traffic tomorrow. (Although, I passed there an hour ago and it looked nowhere near ready!) The road was closed in November 2010 to allow work on both the new […]

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Friday Food 9 – Ci gu

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week arrowhead tubers. Every year, around now these turn up in the markets and supermarkets. They are the tubers of  a flowering plant, Sagittaria sagittifolia,  sometimes known as arrowhead because of the shape […]

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I’m game

I’m sure a psychologist could make something of this, but the blog seems to becoming more and more food orientated. Maybe it’s the cold weather making me hungry or something. I’ll get back to riveting stories about people falling down holes soon. I promise. Bear with me, please. A recent conversation with a friend in […]

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Free Drinks Tonight

Sorry for the extremely short notice, but tonight (January 11th), the Radisson Blu hotel is holding a free promotional evening for their “Expats Night @ 26 Bar”. They intend making this a monthly event with wine, beers, soft drinks etc at 99元 per person (net price – whatever they mean by that). The events will […]

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Unfinished business

They are at it again. Announcing an opening date for an attraction before they have built the thing, then missing their own deadline, but going ahead and opening a building site instead. Why they can’t finish things, then set the official opening date, I can’t fathom. Opening unattractive attractions doesn’t quite cut it. Following on […]

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Scoozi?

As I’ve mentioned before Scoozi is the somewhat ridiculous and childish name of the Italian restaurant in the recently opened Radisson Blu hotel (柳州丽笙酒店). They describe it as the “first real western restaurant in Liuzhou” which is patently untrue, but I finally dragged myself off there today to check it out. My favourite eating companion […]

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