Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for July, 2013

Recent Updates

A couple of recent updates to older posts. 1. Wenhui Bridge Reopening 2. Mom Pops Up

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Yesterday (Saturday 27th July), staff of Liuzhou Workers’ Hospital celebrated Army Day (建军节) a bit early. The actual day  is August 1st – next Thursday. The ‘festival’ is to mark the founding of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) (中国人民解放军) which happened on August 1st, 1927. The PLA is now the world’s largest military force. The […]

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Friday Food 89 – Cassia Seeds

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 getting a bit seedy. Cassia seeds. This could get confusing. ‘Cassia’ normally refers to the bark of Cinnamomum cassia, a tree native to this part of China. There are several of […]

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Random Photograph 69 – Benz 66

Random Picture No. 69 is one in a series of pictures, taken in Liuzhou, which amuse or interest me.

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Wenhui Bridge Reopening

Wenhui bridge (文惠桥) is the pretty red one. It has been closed off and on for a couple of years now. First they were doing ‘essential repairs’ and maintenance. Then they decided to build an identical second bridge right beside the first one, doubling the capacity. For the last month or so the bridge has […]

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Muddled Box

As everyone knows, we are short of noodle shops in Liuzhou, so there will be great joy at the news that the latest addition to the city’s culinary delights is this place which has just opened in the pedestrian street area. However, it is somewhat confusing, if not confused. According to the leaflets they were […]

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Friday Food 88 – Capelin

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 Capelin. Many years ago, I took a train from central Hunan to Kunming in Yunnan. I had been somewhat sick and really wanted a rest. At the time, […]

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Free Museums

Officially Liuzhou has around 30 museums. These range from the main Liuzhou Museum on the Peoples’ Square to tiny displays in private homes.  There are 14 state controlled museums and another 16 ‘private’ museums. They cheat slightly by counting the Art Gallery of Liuzhou museum as a separate museum from the museum it is situated […]

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River Inspectors Jailed

Eighteen months since the Liujiang, Liuzhou’s river and main water supply was polluted by the release of highly poisonous cadmium into the Longjiang river, a tributary upstream in Hechi prefecture, three environmental inspectors have been jailed for dereliction of duty and taking bribes, while ten company managers have been sentenced for their part in the scandal. […]

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Taxi Cheats

Twice today I have taken taxis in Liuzhou and the drivers tried to stiff me. I saw this coming. The idiocy of running two pricing systems simultaneously has led some to attempt to cheat the gullible – and what could be more gullible than a foreigner? It’s quite simple. If the base fare is 3元, then […]

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