Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for September, 2014

Liujiang Poisoned Again

A day before the opening of the now traditional, annual Liuzhou International Water Festival, comes news that the company which dumped cadmium in the river in 2012, leading to a 1 million yuan fine and three managers being imprisoned, have been at it again. It seems Guangxi Jinhe Mining Co Ltd in Hechi to Liuzhou’s […]

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Liuzhou Wets Itself Again

Once again, Liuzhou is holding its annual celebration of all things wet. The International Water Carnival runs from October 1st to 5th, with the usual aquatic sports events for rich kids with expensive toys. The events kicked off yesterday, somewhat ahead of schedule, with dragon boat races on the river near the Liujiang Bridge. Meanwhile […]

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Seedy Sidewalks

Back in the days when I lived in London, public coin-operated telephone boxes were decorated top to bottom, east to west with what were named “tart cards”. These were small advertisements for prostitution services, usually featuring a photograph (not necessarily of the person offering the service), a phone number and sometimes indications of ‘specialist’ services. […]

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Friday Food 137 – Radishes

Friday Food is an occasional article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week Radishes/Daikon/Mooli etc. Nothing particularly unusual about radishes, I hear you think. I’m not so sure. The Chinese for radish – 萝卜 covers a multitude of vegetation. Even the humble carrot is a radish […]

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Liuzhou Bridges 8 – Hedong Bridge

North of the Hudong Bridge (downstream) is the similarly  (to non-Chinese ears)  named  Hedong Bridge (河东大桥), or in the slightly more prosaic English, “River East Bridge”. This was the second road bridge to be built so, is referred to by the locals and the bus company as No.2 bridge. The 776.6 metre bridge opened in […]

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Liuzhou Bridges 7 – Huxi Bridge

Directly across the peninsula from Hudong Bridge is its sister bridge, Huxi Bridge (壶西大桥) or “west of the pot bridge”, pot being the city centre peninsular area. Built in 1994, this 700 metre long bridge is somewhat utilitarian in design. It is often referred to as No 4 bridge by locals. The bridge again links […]

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Hello, Goodbye

It has been a roller-coaster few days. I’ve gone from anxiety, through trepidation to elation. Then to loss and sadness. Thursday-Friday night I couldn’t sleep for worrying that my home country was about to commit suicide. I haven’t lived there for decades, but I still care. All day Friday, I was on Twitter and the […]

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Friday Food 136 – “Sauce Cucumber”

b Friday Food is an occasional article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week “Sauce Cucumber”. I was minding my own business in one of the local supermarkets last Saturday morning when I noticed that they had taken to selling dog turds. Nothing would surprise […]

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Ex-NBA In Liuzhou

It means next to nothing to me, but I thought I’d let you know. It has been announced that a bunch of retired basketball players (former NBA stars) led by seven-time NBA all-star Tracy McGrady, and with other players such as Ater Majok and Brandon Robinson will be touring China for “all-star” games against local […]

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Dancing Girls

I want you to imagine for a moment that you are in a meeting of government and police discussing how to improve the city’s deplorable driving standards. A  delegate suggests getting the lazy traffic cops to actually implement the laws they are meant to and actually punish violators. You know things like driving through red […]

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