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Following Ho

Ho Chi Minh - 1946

Ho Chi Minh – 1946

Years ago, I lived in London and found out that the Vietnamese leader, Ho Chi Minh had lived in the same street way back around the time of the first world war and had worked as a waiter in a London hotel. Just a bit of local lore, and not that interesting, but I filed the knowledge away.

Years later, I ended up in Liuzhou. How I got here is a long and uninteresting story, but here I am. One of the first things I discovered was that Ho had lived here, too! I began to feel like a Ho stalker.

Ho was detained by the Kuomintang police in Guangxi in August 1942. The communist parties of Vietnam and China made concerted efforts to rescue him. After Ho was released in September 1943, he lived in Liuzhou (柳石路)  for one year. His residence was restored in 2002 and is now a museum. The residence is at the entrance to Yufeng primary school, opposite Yufeng Hill. The house was given official protection in 1997. Entry is ¥5 per person. Exhibits are labelled in Chinese and Vietnamese. No English.


Ho returned to Liuzhou in 1954 for secret talks on the Indo-Chinese situation with Chinese Premier, Zhou Enlai, which took place in Building No 1 of the Liuzhou Hotel (below) on July 3rd.

building 1

I mention this now as on Sunday (24th Nov), three thousand young Vietnamese people will descend on Guangxi for the 4-day-long, second “Vietnam-China Youth Festival” in search of Vietnamese revolutionary history in the area “with a theme of strengthening solidarity and boosting future cooperation“. Liuzhou is, unsurprisingly, one of the cities hosting the event, which is organised by Vietnam’s “Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union”

According to their press release, “The festival is a practical event aimed at fostering friendship, mutual understanding and trust between the younger generations of the two countries, helping strengthen the cooperation partnership between Vietnam and China.

It will be held in eight Chinese cities, including Liuzhou, Beihai, Qinzhou, Fangchenggang, and Nanning. 

Participants will visit various ancient relics associated with Vietnam’s revolutionary history, join exchanges with local peers and take part in environmental protection activities such as a friendship tree-planting programme.”

Not sure if Ho would like to be described as an ancient relic.

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5 Responses to “Following Ho”

  1. carl johnson Says:

    Having spent many decades trying to understand why I spent one year in Vietnam, I have learned much about Ho Chi Minh. But I did not know of his time in Liuzhou, let alone a museum!…Thank you Sir!
    Of course I never knew until I read in one of your blogs that the Flying Tigers of WWII were stationed there either .
    All I knew was that they were in China. Covers a lot of ground! LOL
    So much for the public school system of the Good Old USA!

  2. Jim Mahler Says:

    Foreign visitors coming to town? Maybe they’ll turn on the escalators!

  3. Robert Shwab Says:

    I visited Liuzhou, one time, June 2007, but have kept in touch with a girlfriend there since that time. I was aware that Guanxi province had a prominent role in CCP history, so it figures that Ho spent time there. Interesting to know the history. I wonder how that history is reflected or influences the current administration of Liuzhou.

    By the way, it seems that many women there are somewhat desperate to leave, as my friend has asked for assistance for her and others to find western men.

  4. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    Your last comment applies to the whole of China, not just Liuzhou.

  5. Liuzhou Bridges 3 – Wenchang Bridge | Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    […] Ten years ago, Liuzhou’s then top hotel, the government owned Liuzhou Hotel (柳州饭店) lay at the end of a cul-de-sac. This made it a very quiet, peaceful sort of place where the country’s leaders could have a good time when they were required to visit Liuzhou. Pretty much all the top guys have stayed there except Mao and, so far as I know, current leader, Xi Jinping. It is also where, in July 1954, North Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh, met with Chinese Premier, Zhou Enlai to discuss tactics in the fight for independence from France. More here. […]

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