Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for May, 2013

Batten Down the Hatches!

I’ve spent the day preparing defences. I’m going into siege mode for the weekend. Adequate supplies of food, drink and other requisites have been sequestered away and, in about an hour or two, I shall be firmly locking the doors and hiding (until Tuesday to be on the safe side). This emergency situation arises every year. […]

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Rent a Bike (Liuzhou Style)

I’ve got a bike. You can ride it if you like. It’s got a basket, a bell that rings, and things to make it look good. I’d give it to you if I could, but I borrowed it  – Syd Barrett Liuzhou is to introduce a bike rental system. 1,300 bicycles (pushbikes, as opposed to […]

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Friday Food 81 – Day Lily Buds

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 day lily buds. Day lilies (some times referred to as one word – daylily) are flowers in the Xanthorrhoeaceae Hemerocallidoideae family. They are a lot prettier than their Latin […]

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Loh and Behold

As I believe I’ve mentioned before, China Daily has a special Liuzhou feature. Why? God knows. It is full of propaganda, half truths and the utterly uninteresting. Its stories pop up on the Google list of news somewhere on the right – often months after the events in question actually occurred. I almost always ignore […]

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‘Orrible Oysters

There are few things I like better than half a dozen immaculately fresh oysters (生蚝) shucked in front of me and served raw with a Guinness or a glass of champagne (or both). Make that a dozen. I never eat them raw in China. For a start, restaurants don’t serve them raw and would have […]

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England Time Bread

I’m willing to bet that this about-to-open shop in Liuzhou bears no resemblance to its Chinglish name, England Time Bread (英伦时光面包). In fact, I hope so. If I were to open a shop featuring English bread and coffee, I’d keep very quiet about it. French bread and coffee – OK. Italian bread and coffee – […]

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Friday Food 80 – Pangasius

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, pangasius. Chances are you may have eaten pangasius (Pangasius bocourti) without realising it. It is a type of freshwater catfish native to the Mekong Delta area, but also farmed extensively in southern […]

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Moving House

For reasons which totally escape me, several of the English language newspapers in China have been touting this story about some garbage recycling guy who has constructed himself some sort of shelter, which he carries wherever he goes. The story even reached England’s Daily Mail, or Daily Fail as it is more usually known. The […]

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Traffic Light Power War

A rather childish war broke out last week between Liuzhou’s power supply bureau and the city’s traffic police. On Friday afternoon, the power to the traffic lights on Hongguang Bridge Road South (红光大桥南路) was cut off, causing total gridlock in much of the city. It turned out that the power had been cut by a […]

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Something Nice Happened in Liuzhou

This morning, I left home to go for a bit of a stroll on a nice day. At the foot of the stairs were a couple of the local kids. A boy of around 5 years old and a similarly aged girl. As I passed, the boy said to the girl, “Look. It’s the foreigner.” […]

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