Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for June, 2012

More Water Coming

Despite us nearly all being poisoned by the river earlier in the year, Liuzhou government has announced that once again we will be holding a water carnival this year. Last year, if I recall correctly, it was called Liuzhou International Water Carnival and thanks to the efforts of the Liuzhou branch of the CCCCCCCCPCC, or […]

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Friday Food 33 – Lotus Pods

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, something very seasonal, lotus pods. Lotus seeds (莲子) are available dried all year. They are used as snacks, added to soups and rice porridge and in a variety of desserts. They are […]

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Where Can I…

Recently, a number of people have asked questions like “Where can I buy mustard?”, “Where can I find a good gym”, etc. Unfortunately, these questions and their answers have turned up in totally off topic posts, so cannot be easily referenced by other people asking the same questions. So, I have decided to start this […]

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On Sunday evening around 7 pm, the sign above this shop near 西环路口 collapsed, slightly injuring four people including a three year old child. This is actually a relatively common occurrence.  Last Saturday, 16th June, I saw a shop façade collapse at the entrance to Liuzhou Grand Hotel near KFC. Despite it being a busy Saturday […]

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Red light advertising

Once again, the local authorities are urging people to obey the traffic laws. Not a bad thing you may consider. But I have to ask who exactly are they telling to obey the traffic laws? Car drivers? Apparently not. This public service advertisement is outside Liuzhou Museum with its back to the traffic. The only […]

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Friday Food 32 – Facing Heaven Chilli Peppers

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 staying in  Sichuan for Facing Heaven Chilli Peppers. When you think how much of China’s cuisine uses the various chilli peppers, it is impossible not to wonder what they did […]

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Danwei Model Worker 2012

Top China media watchers, Beijng based Danwei, have today published their latest list of “best specialist websites, blogs and online sources of information about China.”  In the section “REGIONAL BLOGS AND LIFE IN CHINA”, they have been rash enough to again include this blog, for which I am truly thankful. It is not false modesty […]

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There Be Dragons

The local rag has reported that to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival this weekend, the city will hold its customary dragon boat races on the Liujiang on Saturday 23rd. Twelve teams are expected to take part. The races are held between Hongguan Bridge (红光大桥) and Wenhui Bridge (文惠桥) in the city centre. No time has […]

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Random Photograph 57 – Violin

Random Photograph No. 57 of photographs taken in Liuzhou which amuse, perplex or fascinate me.

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Like a Rolling Stone

No. Not a rock festival! A stone festival! Liuzhou will hold the city’s 7th International Stone Festival in October from the 1st to the 5th. This (approximately) biannual event draws visitors from across China and further afield.  Stone collecting is very popular in Korea which sends a large delegation to each festival. As well as […]

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