Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for April, 2012

Time Gentlemen Please

I’m not a big fan of bars. Especially in China. I am a big fan of proper British pubs. There are none of those in China. Please don’t tell me that there is a British pub in Beijing or Shanghai. There isn’t. There are ersatz pseudo-pubs. A plague on them. Nearly all bars in Liuzhou […]

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Random Photograph 53 – Welcome

Random Photograph No. 53 of photographs taken in Liuzhou which amuse, perplex or fascinate me.  

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Friday Food 24 – Chayote Shoots

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week chayote shoots. I guess some people are familiar with chayote, the gourd also known among other names, as christophene, vegetable pear, mirliton, choko etc. In Chinese it is 佛手瓜 (literally, Buddha’s hand gourd). Perhaps less […]

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Leveson in Liuzhou?

A Liuzhou man, named only as Mr Hong, has been arrested on suspicion of illegal access to citizens’ personal information. The self-styled “Mad Detective” started his detection activities as a hobby, using his computer to track personal information and is reported to be obsessed by detective stories. After successfully tracking down a missing debtor and […]

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Delusional Deli

Some time before Liuzhou’s Radisson Blu hotel opened, it became known that the plans included a deli. I remember a conversation with some other laowai, who were being excited and looking forward to the opening. I remained sceptical. It has now been open a few months and touts itself as the “only deli and bakery […]

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Friday Food 23 – Mangosteen

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, mangosteens. These knobbly looking fruits are in all the markets and supermarkets right now.  The mangosteen is the fruit of a tropical tree (Garcinia mangostana for the technically minded) which is native to […]

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Shifty Taxis

If you were going to start any sort of personal transport business, I would guess it would make sense to determine when most of your customers want transporting. This is why the local buses tend to run in the day time rather than only offering a night service. The peak times for moving are well […]

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Healthy City

Not at all put of by their failure to have the place declared a “Civilised City” despite covering the city with propaganda telling people to be er.. civilised, the locals authorities have clearly had a meeting and are now trying to get us to be a healthy city. The way to do this is to […]

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Summer Coffer

It is impossible to walk around Liuzhou without someone trying to pass off some waste paper on you. I usually decline these offers on the grounds that I am not a waste recycling middleman, despite appearances. I am, of course, talking about the leaflets advertising anything from breast enhancement to new dentures, via the inevitable […]

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Poisonous Chopsticks

When they aren’t busy trying to kill us by turning our drinking water into cadmium soup, adulterating our yoghurt with melamine, recycling rancid cooking oil or just mowing us down on the streets by driving on the sidewalks, the locals have taken to producing poisonous disposable chopsticks. Inspections of three disposable bamboo chopstick “factories” in […]

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