Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

When I’m 64

Once again, China demonstrates its endless capacity for doublethink by celebrating its 64th birthday while simultaneously reminding everyone that it is at least 6,000 years old. Frankly I’m getting bored with their national day celebrations.

For the government it’s an unconvincing propaganda exercise, but for most people it is quite simply a greed feast, as everyone goes on a shopping frenzy. Today, I stayed at home most of the time, just popping out in the early evening to grab a bottle or four of beer.

At the same time, Liuzhou opens its annual ‘rich kids playing with their expensive toys festival‘ aka International Water Festival. This kicks off, yet again, with what the local government fondly imagines to be a carnival to rival Rio or Notting Hill. In their dreams.

Few of the locals attend any of these events. They are too busy shopping or working in the shops. And anyway, all the tickets have been shared out amongst the deserving middle class communists and their contacts.

Anyway, here are a few pictures which look exactly like the pictures I didn’t post last year.


No comment.

A bunch of people wave to some other people.

A bunch of people wave to some other people.


Seems a marching band from Canada took a wrong turn somewhere and ended up in China. I can’t think of any other reason for their presence.

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3 Responses to “When I’m 64”

  1. carl johnson Says:

    What the Hell?
    I can’t tell if that young lady(?) is about to be sacrificed to the Aztec Sun God, or just trying to imitate a peacock!
    Is there any Chinese tradition that would warrant such dress?
    Six thousand years of tradition and this is what you come up with?

  2. carl johnson Says:

    Fenglian just sent me several photos of the festivities, Including one with the same half naked chick you posted…and a lot more just like her! Most were obviously not Chinese?
    Apparently she and her family were quite intrigued!

    I must admit, I am puzzled by the Canadian marching band.

  3. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    The same dancers turn up every year.

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