Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for July, 2015

Friday Food 145 – Soy Pickled Chilli Garlic

Friday Food is an occasional article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week we’re getting pickled. I recently came across these. They are soy pickled garlic cloves with chilli. A speciality of Shandong province in the north-east of China, they are sold in 200 gram […]

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Liuzhou Axe Murder

A 41-year-old man, named Wei, is in custody after a rampage in Liuzhou’s Machang village in which one person was killed and seven injured.  Yesterday evening, just after 5 pm, a group of people playing cards on a street corner were apparently randomly attacked by the axe-wielding man. A 60-year-old woman was killed. The seven […]

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Remembering the Past and Building a Peace

Liuzhou museum is holding a temporary exhibition of photographs and calligraphy from around 1944-1945 as part of China’s marking of what they call “The Chinese war of resistance against Japanese aggression and the victory of the world anti-fascist war seventieth anniversary”. They exhibit, which is on the first floor, covers the evacuation of the city […]

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Liuzhou Hostage Drama

  No other  Three people were injured during a five hour stand-off with a man who had taken a woman hostage yesterday in Liuzhou. Two of the three were police officers. The identity of the third has not been reported. The hostage was rescued unharmed. No other details have yet been given.

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Shameful Sushi

Last week I mentioned that I had had probably the best meal ever in Liuzhou. Yesterday evening, I had one of the worst. I’m partial to a bit of sushi and sashimi from time to time and there is no shortage of places to go. I’d recently spotted a newish one, so thought I’d check it […]

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Anti-Japanese Traffic

You will be delighted to learn that, on the 15th of July, Liuzhou’s tragically over-worked traffic police have been ordered to get off their collective backsides and do some traffic policing. This will last until December 31st when they can all go for a nice lie down for next year. The reasons cited for this […]

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Chunji Roast Goose

At the beginning of the week I had a banquet with 16 old friends, most of whom I hadn’t seen for around 14 years.  A sort of reunion party. One friend whom I last saw ten years ago came all the way from Australia for the event! Apart from the great company, it also turned […]

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Emergency Barrier

Back at the end of May, I mentioned that the authorities had put down signs to inform idiots drivers that the sidewalk outside the Chinese Traditional Hospital is also an access route for ambulances and it might not be a good idea to park in it. As I believe I predicted, that didn’t work. So […]

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Man Proposes to Woman Shock!

It’s all a bit Mills & Boon, but this  has gone global in the last few days so I’d better mention it. I first read the story back in January when Liuzhou man, Ding Yizhou,  set out with his girlfriend Lai Min to make a trip around China. What was different about this is that Lai […]

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Thirteen Trees

Liuzhou is very much a tree city. Trees are everywhere. I have a second home in the countryside north of the city, in the middle of a forestry park. Lucky ole me! But even in the city centre where I am usually to be found, there are trees aplenty. Now, I am no arboreal expert […]

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