Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for August, 2012

Cops Bust Cops

Here is something you don’t see every day. This police vehicle was parked at an angle on the sidewalk in San Zhong Road (三中路) this morning, half blocking the cycle lane and half blocking the pedestrian bit (not that anyone pays any attention to the difference. There was no sign of any occupants. They were […]

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Friday Food 42 – Rice

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 with one of the strangest, rice. I know what you are thinking. Rice? Unusual? He has finally lost the plot! But bear with me. Have you noticed in the […]

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Missing Mossies

Of course, as soon as I post this I’ll be bitten. I’ve noticed something strange this summer. The mosquitoes have disappeared.  Normally, at this time of year,  falling asleep without some sort of repellent or a net is likely to prove very itchy. This year I’ve hardly used any at all yet haven’t been bitten […]

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Bakery Be Gone

It transpires that I was (deliberately?) misinformed, when I reported on the bakery being bereft of bread. My contact in the family who own Maison Cherry assured me that the bread would soon return. However, not only has the bread gone. Now the shop has gone, too. When they announced that they were opening two […]

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Wenhui Bridge to Reopen

Wenhui bridge, which has been closed since July 21st for maintenance work, is due to reopen tomorrow, August 28th. Buses 4, 14, 30 and 69 will revert to their normal routes. Until they decide to do the work all over again. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen the bridge close. Source (Chinese)

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Carnival Caravan

Having not very wisely let the river be poisoned by having cadmium dumped into to an upstream tributary, then having it infested by man-eating piranhas (or perhaps, not), Liuzhou is now desperately changing the subject and running around promoting their second International Water carnival, due to run from September 29th to October 5th,  during the […]

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Friday Food 41 – Pidan

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, pidan. These usually separate the metaphorical boys from the metaphorical men! Preserved eggs, known in Chinese as 皮蛋, 松花 or even the two together, 皮蛋松花, are what are known in the west as Century […]

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Elderly HIV/AIDS in Guangxi

According to an article in China Daily, China, and particularly Guangxi is displaying some unique statistics on new HIV/AIDS cases. There has been a large increase in the number of new cases reported among men over 50 years of age. According to the report, the number of new cases in the 50+ group is around […]

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Bakery Bereft

 The information in this post has been updated here. The very first entry on the website back in 2001, written long before this blog began, was about bread. I had just found that there was real western style bread in Liuzhou. I no longer had to eat the sponge cake all other bakeries sell as […]

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Friday Food 40 – Rousong

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, rousong. Rousong (肉松) is also known as meat floss, pork floss etc. It is a form of dried pork which is made by boiling it for hours with soy sauce and other flavourings […]

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