Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for June, 2014

Bin Bombs

Over the last few days there has been a series of incidents in which explosive devices have been placed in Liuzhou street trash cans and detonated. The latest was around 5 pm last night (29th June)  when a trash can exploded at the foot of the escalator just outside the Pizza Hut branch in the […]

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Liuzhou Jogging / Running

A reader has asked for information on a topic I know nothing about (more common than I advertise). He wants to go running / jogging in Liuzhou.  I never run. If I’m in a hurry, I take a taxi. To almost quote his communication It would be very fine to find the opportunity to take […]

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Friday Food 130 – Hunan Dried Minnows

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 north for a bit of fishing. If you head north from Liuzhou city, all the way to the top of Liuzhou prefecture and Guangxi, you come to our northern […]

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

At 9 pm on Saturday night (June 21st), a fire broke out in this building in Liuzhou’s city centre Five Star pedestrian area and was the most exciting thing to happen there since a tree fell over in a storm in 1952. The building, which contains karaoke bars and restaurants was successfully evacuated and the […]

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Ozymandias 2

Ozymandias (1818) I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, […]

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Friday Food 129 – Mi Jiao

Friday Food is an occasional article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This time I am lost. These things on the right are a type of chilli pepper. (The thing on the left is a book.) The peppers are small – about the size of a […]

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Beijing – Liuzhou Trains to Stop at Liuzhou!

In a bizarre announcement, China Railways has announced that from July 1st, the  G529/530 from Beijing to Liuzhou will stop at Liuzhou station. Well, that will no doubt come as a relief to passengers who bought a ticket to Liuzhou on the off chance that the train may pass there and are now delighted that […]

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Counting Bricks

Liuzhou’s old East Gate (东门) is undergoing one of its periodic ‘refurbishments’. Supposedly from the Ming Dynasty ((1368–1644), in fact, much of it isn’t that ancient, at all. Like so many of China’s cultural icons, including the parts of the Great Wall most people see, it was largely rebuilt in the 1980s. That’s what happens […]

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Four Year Flag Fouls

Spot the mistake? Every 4 years, FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) holds their World Cup football competition. Every 4 years, China goes berserk ranting and raving over a game they have some enthusiasm for (but certainly no talent in). Every 4 years, businesses of all types hang up flags of the competing countries (which […]

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Friday Food 128 – Lao Gan Ma Chilli Sauce

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 off to meet a saucy godmother. Chinese has a zillion chilli pastes or sauces. It seems every village (or every home) has its own recipe. I have about 20 in […]

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