Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for October, 2015


I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees. Down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees. Asked the Lord above for mercy, “Save me if you please. I knew it would happen eventually. And it will happen more and more. China and Liuzhou’s insane rush to take to cars finally brought […]

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Friday Food 151 – Mustard Greens

Friday Food is an occasional article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week we see if we cut the mustard. I am surprised I never covered this before. It is possibly the second most common vegetable around here (after water spinach). Brassica juncea is a […]

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Feeling the drought? Large parts of the city have been without water since yesterday morning. This is due to work being carried out on the installation of new mains water pipes. Supplies are due to be resumed by 7 pm today (28th). It would have been nice if people had been told beforehand. Liuzhou Veolia Water Co […]

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Going Postal

I am happy to report that I have learned that the yellow house built in 1903 and owned by Liuzhou post office is to reopen as a postal museum, as it was many years ago. Not that I’m in the least interested in stamps or any other aspect of postal history. I just want to see […]

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Friday Food 150 – Passion Fruit

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 getting passionate. The first time I saw a passion fruit plant was in a tiny village on top of a hill near Verona in Italy. Perhaps appropriate with Verona being […]

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Not Suicide

It was a couple of days ago, but I’ve been away. I come back to learn that, on Thursday, a 66-year-old man climbed to the top of Hongguang bridge with three days rations and tied himself to the infrastructure. Of course, the emergency services arrived fairly promptly and soon abandoned their initial theory that it was […]

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Guangxi Bomber Dead?

According to official reports, the suspect in the Guangxi bombings, rather than being in custody as some earlier reports suggested, in fact died in one of the explosions. 33-year-old Wei Yinyong, from Qinjian Village, Dapu (Liucheng’s county town) is said to have hired street vendors to deliver parcels containing the explosives. The packages exploded when […]

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Random Photograph 81 – Weighing

Random Picture No. 81 is one in a series of pictures, taken in Liuzhou, which amuse, baffle or otherwise interest me. From here. Undated, but around 1945.

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Patriotic Heads

The recent craze in China to decorate your head with representations of various plants has taken a nationalistic leap. To celebrate the founding of the People’s Republic 66 years ago today, people are taking seven days off and sticking Chinese flags in their hair instead of the usual flowers, chilli peppers and mushrooms. The 40 […]

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Museum Miracle

Liuzhou museum is well worth a visit. Nothing is usefully labelled in anything other than Chinese, but there are cool things to look at. Take a translator. Also check out the ‘occasional exhibit’ gallery on the first floor. Some good temporary exhibitions. Don’t do what some muppet on Trip Advisor did and cruelly dismiss the […]

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