Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for February, 2013

Horseshoe Fail

Liuzhou has a number of international “sister cities” These are Muntinlupa in the Philippines, Passau in Germany, Bandung and Pekanbaru, both in Indonesia, and Cincinnati in the US. The latter is probably the most active in international relations. At the beginning of February, a Cincinnati casino took the somewhat bizarre step of dedicating one of […]

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Friday Food 67 – Sorghum

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 looking at sorghum If you are like me, you probably never heard of sorghum until you saw Zhang Yimou‘s movie of Red Sorghum which was based on a novel by […]

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Criminal Minds

There may be people who want to know about this, so I pass it on. Beijing based hardcore punk rock band Fanzui Xiangfa (犯罪想法) will perform in Liuzhou on March 4th. The venue is Fei Bar (非吧), wherever that may be*. Doors open at 9 pm. According their record company website “Fanzui Xiangfa is a […]

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Horsing About

Feeling jealous of all those British people wolfing down their delicious horseburgers, albeit they were doing so unwittingly? No need. It will come as no surprise to learn that they eat horse round here, too. What don’t they eat? The only difference is that they do it openly. I’ve never noticed horse meat in any […]

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Effervescing Elephant

Liuzhou’s newspapers are back after a week long break. To be honest, there hasn’t been much news – everyone has been staying home trying to keep warm and eat as much crap as they can while the festivities last, while at the same time watching the New Year TV Special over and over again in […]

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Friday Food 66 – Yellow Croaker

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This Friday we’re going fishing for Yellow Croaker This is one of the most common fishes to be seen Liuzhou’s supermarkets. 黄花鱼 or Yellow Croaker (Larimichthys crocea). They are a salt water fish, but today […]

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Lost Liuzhou 3

In November 1944, the Japanese army, with air force backing, captured Guilin, then headed south towards Liuzhou. They captured Liuzhou on the 10th of November before continuing south to take Nanning two weeks later. Liuzhou was a prize catch for the Japanese as it was home to US 14th Air Force Base. The US troops […]

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Happy Snakes!

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Cinema News

One of the more surprising developments in recent weeks has been the opening of this building on San Zhong Road 三中路. A new apartment block is nothing unusual. They pop up like weeds all over the city (the country). But this one, newly built beside the gate of the government workers residential enclave, also features a […]

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Lost Liuzhou 2

Following on from recent changes in Liuzhou, here are some much older memories. In fact, they are so long ago that few people remember them. I certainly don’t remember most. Most of these are scans from old newspapers so the size and quality are not what I would prefer, but it’s amazing we have these […]

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