Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for March, 2012

Clear and Bright?

I’m not even going to comment on this piece of chaos I just received as a text message on my phone, other than to say that Wednesday next week is Qing Ming Festival. This means “Clear and Bright” and is an ancestor worship event. I detailed in a previous post the mind games they play […]

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Friday Food 20 – Golden Pig Cakes

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, Golden Pig Cake. You may have seen these things in the local supermarkets or bakeries recently. They come in various sizes. The one pictured is around 16cm nose to tail. Next week […]

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Shiny Thing in Sky?

I  have no wish to alarm anyone, but there is a big, yellow, shiny, warm thing in the sky above Liuzhou this afternoon! Does anyone have any idea what it might be?

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Friday Food 19 – Mugwort Cakes

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, Mugwort Cakes. Strolling around Liuzhou’s streets the last few days, it is very noticeable that mugwort cake season is upon us again. In all the usual places where the somewhat unlicensed street […]

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Timetable Toss

Some time back, on the Liuzhou Overseas website, I used to meticulously detail and regularly update the flight timetable for Liuzhou’s toy town airport. I kind of gave up because they changed it every time the chicken entrails in the management’s banquet hotpot fell the wrong way. Or when the wind changed direction. They randomly […]

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Blinkered Chickens

I would be failing in my duty if I did not bring this to your attention. The local rag’s front page picture today is of two chickens. According to the caption and the accompanying story these Liuzhou chickens are wearing glasses! What becomes clear on closer inspection is that it’s the newspaper staff who need […]

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Random Photograph 51 – A Rose in the Mist

Random Photograph No. 51 of photographs taken in Liuzhou which amuse, perplex or fascinate me. The constant rain, humidity and mist is getting boring, but this shy lady in Liuhou Park yesterday seemed to be enjoying it.

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Friday Food 18 – Guilinggao

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, Guilinggao. Guilinggao (龟苓膏 guī líng gāo) is a herbal jelly used both as a medicine and as an ingredient in desserts. It is also known as turtle jelly. The preparation originally included […]

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Fake Fakes

I usually have a quick look at the BBC news site’s daily round up of news photos. Not every day but most. Today, Liuzhou turned up. It is a picture of the local constabulary incinerating supposedly confiscated “fake” cigarettes. This is something they do every now and again as a propaganda stunt. Sometimes cigarettes, sometimes […]

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Farmers’ Games II

Back in 2008, I mentioned the Guangxi Farmers’ Games competition. This was about a bunch of agriculturally inclined athletes competing in relevant events such the tyre rolling event, moving sandbags race, the rice planting race and the like. Now I am delighted to read in China Daily that the 2012 version is to be held […]

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