Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for September, 2012

The Feeding of the Ten Thousand

As promised, earlier this morning 10,000 people (or a lot of people anyway) gathered at Liuzhou International Convention and Exhibition Centre for the grand Liuzhou luosifen (螺蛳粉) eat-in. Well, they gathered in front of the centre – the actual centre is a bleak, unfinished, deserted shell of a building. I disguised myself as a noodle […]

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Friday Food 46 – Squid

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, squid. You are probably thinking that there isn’t anything particularly unusual or exotic about squid and you’d almost be correct. The little cephalopods are eaten pretty much all over the world and […]

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PM2.5

Liuzhou’s Environmental Protection Agency (bet you didn’t know they had one of those) has proudly announced that Liuzhou is the first city in Guangxi to publicly release PM2.5 monitoring data. Now you  may be wondering what the hell PM2.5 is. It appears, so far, to be unconnected to PMT, but I’m sure further investigation will […]

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The Germans are Coming!

I can hardly keep up! It is so exciting. Now, as part of the festivities, we are being offered the once in a life time chance to be German! No. not in a Basil Fawlty don’t mention the war way, although I suggest you don’t mention the war. It seems that we are to be […]

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Thai Toss

It may be something to do with the food festival. Or, more likely, to do with the  inability of the local press to differentiate between news and advertising. After all, they are communists, aren’t they? For several days, the press has been full of car sales drives presented as news. The anti-Japan demonstrations didn’t happen. […]

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Food Festivity

As part of the upcoming Water Carnival during the National Day holidays, Liuzhou is also holding what they are billing as an International Food Festival. This will run in the Liuzhou International Conference and Exhibition Centre in Liudong district from September 29th to October 5th. The opening ceremony on the 29th will feature 10,000 people simultaneously […]

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Random Photograph 62 – Medicine

Random Photograph No. 62 of photographs taken in Liuzhou which amuse, perplex or fascinate me.

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Friday Food 45 – Hairy Crabs

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, hairy crabs. The sudden drop in temperature last week confirms that autumn has really arrived. Next week is mid-autumn festival already, but the Chinese calender is well out of synch with reality. Let’s face […]

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Siren Song

Air raid sirens sounded all over Liuzhou between 10:30 and 10:45 this morning. We weren’t under attack. This is an annual occurence to commemorate the September 18th incident in 1931, when Japan bombed its own railroad line in what is now Shenyang, then used the bombing as a pretext under which to invade China. The sirens […]

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Liuzhou Boycotts Japan

Not wishing to be outdone by a bunch of Beijingers or Shanghainese, about 200 Liuzhou sheep students took to the streets this morning (16th September 2012) to protest about Japan’s  “purchase” of the Diaoyu Islands (钓鱼岛) and to call for a boycott of Japanese goods (while photographing each other with their Japanese cameras). The officially […]

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