Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for June, 2013

Liuzhou – New Taxi Fares

IMPORTANT UPDATE HERE Liuzhou’s long promised restructuring (increase) in taxi fares will begin to be implemented tomorrow, Monday July 1st. To no one’s surprise what is being introduced is pretty much the proposals they put up for “discussion” almost a year ago. The flag-fall rate is being adjusted to 6元 (incorporating the current ¥3 fuel […]

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Okra Warning

Larger Lianhua supermarkets are currently stocking okra – in Chinese, 秋葵. This is enough of a rarity round here (I’ve never seen it in Liuzhou before) that they have a special sign explaining what it is. What they have forgotten to mention is that they have picked the things way too late. They are about double […]

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Mom Pops Up

It has been a mixed day, so far. First of all, I set  out for a bit of breakfast. My favourite 小笼包 place. Here is a picture of the restaurant. Damn! It was here yesterday! I’ve been eating here for 15 years! I made do with a bowl of unsatisfactory noodles from a place across the […]

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Friday Food 85 – Ox Treasure

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, hmmm, ox treasures. I’ve decided that I’ve been letting you guys off too lightly and that I haven’t really grossed anyone out too much recently. That is about […]

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By Degrees

Liuzhou’s media are issuing warnings about the high temperatures over the last day or two. These are forecast to continue over the weekend and beyond, reaching a high of 37ºC / 99ºF. The advice given is common sense – avoid heading out in the afternoons if you don’t need to, don’t get dehydrated, dress appropriately […]

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Friday Food 84 – Fresh Soy Beans

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, fresh soy beans. Considering their importance in Chinese cuisine, I’m surprised not to run into these more often.  The bulk are sold dried or processed into soy sauce, soy milk, tofu or […]

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Garbage

Liuzhou municipal commission of city administration and environment has announced the introduction of a trial scheme whereby residents in selected locations will be asked to sort their garbage into three categories before disposal – recyclable waste, kitchen waste and other waste. Coloured bins will be supplied – blue bins for recyclable waste, green for kitchen […]

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Gee! 4G.

China Mobile are promising that Liuzhou will become a “wireless city” when 4G service is introduced in the second half of this year. 4G technology transmits data to wireless devices and has a theoretical speed as high as 100 Mbps. Unsurprisingly, they promote this by pointing out that it takes 16 hours to download an […]

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Heavenly Food

I don’t often post such things, but this did amuse me at dinner last night. Apologies for the picture quality. The restaurant lighting was as bad as their translations.

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Headline News

It’s only a couple of days since the Shanghaiist news website went with a story (lifted from South China Morning Post) and headlined “Toxic metals found in preserved eggs from Guangxi.” As it turned out, the story had nothing to do with Guangxi, at all. The Shanghaiist headline writer confused Guangxi with Jiangxi. As the […]

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