Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for January, 2014

Friday Food 110 – Fermented Black Beans

Friday food is an occasional article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This time we are going to look at some black beans which weren’t always black. The first and most important thing to say about Fermented Black Beans is that they are not made from […]

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Happy Horse

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Harbin Reprieve

I am delighted to inform you that I got it totally wrong. The Harbin Jiaozi Restaurant (哈尔滨饺子王) has not gone! What has happened is that the original premises have been split in two. What was the kitchen has been remodelled into a new restaurant. The new kitchen is at the back. What was the dining […]

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Friday Food 109 – Bugs

Friday food is an occasional article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This time we are going to visit the future of eating and chomp down on some tasty bugs. According to many scientists, environmentalists, mentalists, chefs, cooks, and eaters, for the human race to survive […]

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Random Picture No 72 – Monster Pizzas?

Random Picture No. 72 is one in a series of pictures, taken in Liuzhou, which amuse, baffle or otherwise interest me. Just yesterday, I was chatting with a Chinese friend who mentioned ‘inches’. She had come across a measurement in inches in connection with her work and said that she wasn’t really comfortable with inches. […]

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Elevated Views

The latest toy that everyone in China seems to want to acquire is a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR). Once very rare, today you even see kids carrying them. However, I wonder how many of them actually have any idea how to use them. Nearly every time I see someone take a picture, I […]

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Firework Freeze Out

For many people, the highlight (literally) of the Spring Festival celebrations is the annual firework display by the river. Thousands of people attend and the display is always spectacular. This year it won’t be. It has been announced that there will be no display this year due to the negative effect such displays have on […]

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Wooly Jumpers

I have been trying to ignore this story, because I find it monumentally stupid, but it keeps re-appearing. Some parts of the press have been fascinated by a silly season story about contractors installing “anti-suicide” panels on the newly opened Guangya Bridge. These panels consist of boards containing a whole bunch of 5 cm long […]

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Liuzhou Murderer Executed

Back in December 2012, Liuzhou city planner, He Bin was murdered by a disgruntled local. In January 2013 Luo Haomin was tried for stabbing He Bin then setting off a home made bomb at He’s home on Guangchang Lu (广场路). He’s wife was also injured. Luo was found guilty and sentenced to death. Today, it has been […]

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Dinosaur Mall

I don’t even begin to understand this. BuBuGuo Plaza, the new shopping mall on the north side of Liuzhou People’s Square, is clearly aimed at the new middle classes with their new money. Expensive shops, shoes, handbags,  fashion, brand names, iPhones. Largely aimed at single people with more disposable income than sense. Yet, at the […]

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