Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for October, 2012

There’s guns across the river aimin’ at ya

According to the local rag, so it must be true, 23 replica guns were confiscated from a toy shop in Liuzhou. Like most toy shops in China, it is right beside a school. This is the second such shop this year to be investigated for selling illegal replica guns. I also remember similar tales from […]

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Friday Food 50 – Pig Skin Jelly

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, pig skin jelly. You’ll have to go to a restaurant to find this one, unless you take the trouble to make it yourself. Pig skin jelly (猪皮冻 or 肉皮冻) is what it […]

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Flights of Fancy

Some years ago, I made frequent, valiant attempts to keep the relevant travel page on the website up to date with Liuzhou airport’s flight schedule. I finally gave up because  they changed it every other day. Twice a year, they would announce the timetable for the next six months and two days later, change it. […]

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A Pair of Shorts

Just a couple of passing comments. 1) Tiramisu seems to have hung its head and gone. No surprise there.  Although they had one or two goodies, their location and general attitude and competence were always suspect. 1a) Slight update: They seem to be limping on. They closed for a few days and cleared the stock […]

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Pie in the Sky

According to Global Times, probably China’s worst English language newspaper (and that is saying something!), China has launched its first “civilian satellites”. Well, that is bull for a start. Nothing in China is ‘civilian”. Any civilian trying to launch satellites would very quickly find themselves deeply grounded and in very uncivilised situations. But we are […]

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Friday Food 49 – Pomelo

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, pomelos. This is one that comes round like clockwork. Usually just after Mid-Autumn festival, these huge looking grapefruit-like things turn up in the markets. The locals go nuts for them. They are […]

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China Faily

With all their usual high standards of journalism and deep insight into to what make things tick, China Daily is reporting that Liuzhou has teapots, figurines, things to point at and that the locals can write in Chinese. It took three people to put this garbage together?

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Random Photograph 63 – Happy

Random Photograph No. 63 of photographs taken in Liuzhou which amuse, delight, perplex or otherwise fascinate me.

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Mark Six

Forget Mark Twain. Here is a tale of Mark Six. Pingshan Avenue (屏山大道)  on the south side of the river has long been an area full of scam artists and general ne’er-do-wells.  I have mentioned its offshoot, 光明路, home to amateur dentists and every kind of quack selling fake medicines, before. Well  worth a visit […]

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Friday Food 48 – Caterpillar Fungus and Matsutake

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, two for the price of one (and what a price!) – caterpillar fungus and matsutake mushrooms. Caterpillar fungus (Ophiocordyceps sinensis) is known in Chinese as 冬虫夏草. This is a direct translation of the Tibetan […]

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