Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for March, 2013

Friday Food 72 – Five Flavour Berries

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 五味子,  or five flavour berries. According to Chinese thinking, there are five basic flavours:  salty, sweet, sour, pungent (spicy), and bitter. These berries are considered to have all five […]

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Red Light Enforcement

Liuzhou Traffic Police are proudly announcing that, on the first day of their crackdown on people jumping red lights,  they managed to fine 166 offenders. Cars jumping red lights are a major cause of accidents, so you might think I’d be delighted at this news. You’d be wrong. Not one of the offenders were driving […]

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House of Blood

For as long as I can remember there was this old converted bus sitting on Liuzhou Square collecting blood from passing donors. But no more. They have recently gone upmarket and built this rather desirable property almost where they used to park the ramshackle old bus. Just behind Liuzhou Museum. (It wasn’t open when I […]

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Donkey Shit and Panda Poo

No. When I mention “donkey shit” I’m not always talking about the latest bulletin from Liuzhou government. This is a story about the excreta produced by equus africanus asinus, the common donkey. It seems that some new restaurant was opening on 荣军路 last week and the owners decided that the best way to attract customers was to […]

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Friday Food 71 – Tea

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 not having a cup of tea – we are eating it. It may have come to your attention that China is the source of tea. There are tea shops all […]

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Disaster Development

I don’t know what they are expecting, but China Daily is reporting that Liuzhou authorities are increasing their large disaster protection areas by more than 100,000 square meters this year. That is a relief! According to the article, these non-specific disasters can be natural or man-made. Then they go on about air raid shelters and […]

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Tianjin Spam

Spam. Spam. Spam. Monty Python nailed it years before it became the scourge of the internet. Today, I receive an email from bunch of idiots in Tianjin informing me of their new French restaurant. Tianjin, for those who don’t know, is not as they describe it, “conveniently located”; it is about 2,000 kilometres away. So […]

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Friday Food 70 – Jicama

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 investigating jicama. This ugly looking root is that of the plant Pachyrhizus erosus, variously known as ‘jicama’, ‘Mexican turnip’ or ‘yam bean’. In Chinese it can be 潦薯 or 凉薯 […]

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E-Donkey

One of the many Chinese phrases used to describe those horrible, dangerous, silent, public nuisances which have totally destroyed any pleasure in walking the streets of Liuzhou, the so-called e-bikes or electric scooters is 电驴 which translates as “Electric Donkey”. Until today, I thought the only donkeys involved were the riders. Unlicensed, unqualified and unskilled, […]

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Friday Food 69 – Mulberries

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 round the mulberry bush. Every second street corner vendor seems to be selling these recently, and they are also available in the supermarkets. They are mulberries, known in Chinese as […]

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