Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for February, 2014

Friday Food 114 – Salted Broad 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 meet a broad (bean). A man needs a beer food. Something to munch on while necking a few. One of my favourite candidates for the job are roasted […]

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More Bikes

Liuzhou is to expand its public bike rental scheme. 203 more bike stations will be installed around the city and 4,500 extra bikes made available. This will be implemented by June. The scheme, which started in September 2013 with 50 stations and 1,300 bicycles, was slow to start but seems more used now. At least when […]

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Cunning Plan Exposed

The entrance area to Ma An Shan Park (马鞍山公园 – Horse Saddle Hill Park) has long been the home to illegal traders offering “magic potions”, fake deer genitals, “fortune telling” and, of course, guaranteed lottery winning schemes. What idiots buy this stuff, I have no idea. Can’t they tell that if I have a foolproof […]

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41 Liuzhou Gas Poisoning Casualties in One Night.

I sometimes wish there were a way for this post to be automatically posted each year, rather than me feeling obliged to rewrite it. Between 6 pm on Thursday 20th February and 8 am  on Friday 21st February, a total of 41 people were hospitalised after suffering gas poisoning. Two died. It happens every year […]

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Friday Food 113 – Tick-Trefoil

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 herbal with tick-trefoil. Back in Friday Food 54 – Frogs, I mentioned tick-trefoil, casually describing it as an obscure herb. I had come across it in a delicious dish […]

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SMS Mess

Over the Spring Festival, Liuzhou’s cellphone service was pretty abysmal. Often there was no service. Especially, SMS messages often failed. I just put it down to China’s addiction to SMS and services like WeChat, the phone based chat service from Tencent who are also responsible for QQ, China’s long established computer based messenger service. With […]

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Loving Lanterns

Today is both Valentine’s Day and the Lantern Festival which marks the end of the Spring Festival. The two only coincide every 19 years. In 1995, China didn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but in recent years it has been adopted, although few people know its name – English speakers tend to call it Lovers’ Day. They […]

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Friday Food 112 – Kou Rou

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 bowling with meat. This dish may not look appetising, but is one of the tastiest things you can ever eat. This is kou rou (扣肉), which literally translates as […]

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Telephoto Toilet

This is totally off-topic as far as Liuzhou is concerned, but I’m concerned. Chongqing city used to be part of Sichuan province, but was brought under the direct control of Beijing back in 1997. It is now China’s largest and fastest growing city. Chongqing is renowned for its steep hills and for its spicy food […]

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Friday Food 111 – Stinky Tofu

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 stink the place out. Many years ago, before I moved to Liuzhou, I lived in a small city in the wild west of Hunan Province. I loved the […]

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