Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for May, 2012

Random Photograph 56 – Fish Feed

Random Photograph No. 56 of photographs taken in Liuzhou which amuse, perplex or fascinate me.

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Counterfeit Cab

Latest in the long line of things to be faked in Liuzhou is this. A fake taxi. All Liuzhou taxis have registration plates beginning with 桂 (for Guangxi), B (for Liuzhou), T (for taxi), then the number. The registration is both the vehicle licence and the taxi licence. Liuzhou police recently stopped this “taxi” and […]

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Friday Food 28 – Bayberries

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week we are going back to fruit with one of my all-time favourites – Bayberries Every May, these wonderful berries turn up in Liuzhou’s markets. Known locally as 杨梅, they are bayberries (although […]

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Pinyin Popups

你好 Thanks to a plugin from Sinosplice, I’ve added a new feature to the blog. From now on, when I use Chinese characters, to see an enlargement and the Pinyin for the pronunciation, you just need to hover your mouse over the Chinese and it should pop up. Hope this is more helpful. You can […]

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Fire Drill

Back in the dark ages, when I was in high school, there were regular fire drills – usually once per term. They were not announced in advance so we never knew if they were real or not till it was all over. The point of the exercise was to get all the pupils out of […]

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Friday Food 27 – Chinese Foldwing

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week we are going herbal with Chinese Foldwing Chinese foldwing (Dicliptera Chinensis) is, as you’ve probably worked out, a Chinese herb. Known locally as 羊肝菜,  literally ‘sheep liver vegetable’, it is also known […]

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Splash

It got a bit wet last night.  I don’t mean it was just raining. This was real rain. No pussyfooting about deciding whether to rain or not. Not a bit damp. Not shall I take my umbrella? Your umbrella would have done no good. This was a truly torrential tropical rainstorm battering the city from […]

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Random Photograph 55 – XBJXBJXBJ

Random Photograph No. 55 of photographs taken in Liuzhou which amuse, perplex or fascinate me.

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Liuzhou Falling Down Hole

  For the last couple of days, Twitter has had a run of several tweets about a subsidence tragedy in Liuzhou. I searched for reliable confirmation, but came up with nothing, so I didn’t mention it. Today, the local press finally reported it. It seems that parts of southern Liuzhou prefecture are falling down holes […]

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Friday Food 26 – Hasma

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week we are going to the edge zone with hasma. Here is a true oddity. Hasma is the oviducts and  surrounding  fatty tissue of a species of frog (Rana temporaria chensinensis David (Fam. Ranidae) […]

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