Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for September, 2015

Liuzhou Explosions Updates

UPDATE 1 Another report suggests that a shopping mall, a prison, a county government office, a supermarket, a transport station, a hospital, a staff dormitory of animal husbandry, a vegetable market, and a disease control center were hit. It is being suggested, but not confirmed that the incidents were in Liucheng county to the north of […]

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Liuzhou Explosions, Deaths

It has been reported that a number of explosions have taken place across Liuzhou leaving six dead. It is suspected that 13 devices were sent via parcel services to mainly government offices. Targets included a “hospital, market, supermarket, bus station and government buildings including a township office, a centre for disease control and a dormitory building […]

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Micro-Snails

Are you feeling at all short-changed with your portion of Liuzhou’s signature dish, 螺蛳粉 Luosifen? Missing some depth of flavour? It could be that the purveyor, instead of using regular river snails to make the soup base, is using these recently discovered snails. The shell measures a mere 0.86 millimetres, making it the world’s smallest land snail. (There […]

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Beijing Tong Ren Tang

I’ve been asked a couple of times this week about the new restaurant opening near the corner of  广场路 and 解放北路 north of the museum. Beijing Tongren Tang. Two problems. a) It isn’t ready to open. (They have just started advertising for staff.) b) It isn’t a restaurant. So forget the Beijing duck. Beijing Tongren Tang […]

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Car Free Day

Tomorrow, September 22nd 2015 has been declared Liuzhou’s Car Free Day. This event has been ‘held’ before in as much as it has been announced, then totally ignored by all car drivers who are far too important to give up their right to do any damned thing they please. According to the publicity, one road in […]

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North Korean Refugees Arrested in Liuzhou

According to Seoul sources, four suspected North Korean refugees were arrested in Liuzhou on Friday after being removed from a Kunming bound bus. Kunming is a favoured destination for refugees trying to reach SE Asia en route to S. Korea and refuge. Chinese policy is to repatriate such refugees to N. Korea, where they face harsh punishment. A […]

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Friday Food 149 – Five Spice Pork Skin

 Friday Food is an occasional article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week we are skinning up. Pork rind, scratchings, cracklings or whatever you call them are popular anywhere there are pigs, which is pretty much everywhere. They have even recently been lauded as some […]

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60 Years of Drunken Karaoke?

I have mentioned before that I have the misfortune to live near to Liuzhou No 3 Middle School. They are the major polluters round here – noise pollution. Not the pupils, who are pretty well-behaved, but the drunks who are meant to teach them.  Here is what I said last year. Yesterday afternoon they started […]

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Friday Food 148 – Garlic Scapes

 Friday Food is an occasional article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week a true a bit of ‘scapism. Garlic scapes are the green shoots which rise from the bulb and carry the plants’ flowers. They are seldom seen in western countries, as they are […]

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Piss-up Brewery Failure

The Radisson Blu seems to be determined to demonstrate its inability to organise the proverbial intoxication session is a beer manufacturing facility. Since earlier this year, they have been attempting to arrange a boating trip on the river for expats in Liuzhou. To set the scene somewhat let me repeat what I posted back in May. […]

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