Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for November, 2015

Friday Food 154 – Hibiscus

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 feeling rosy. Anyone who has visited a Chinese supermarket has probably seen the multitude of dried flowers on offer. Intended to be infused in teas or tisanes, they are certainly […]

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Yesterday Once More (Part 23E58)

For various reasons (mainly waiting for workmen to do emergency repairs), I was unable to get out today to pick up the local paper as I like to do most days. But no worries, it appears online in the early evening – usually. Tonight I logged in and something seemed familiar. They have posted yesterday’s […]

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Vietnam Victuals

It always surprises me how little influence Vietnam has on the local cuisine scene. I mean I can almost see the place from my window, yet I can’t buy so many Vietnamese staples. Limes, basil, lemongrass etc. Or find Vietnamese restaurants. Nanning is a little (only a little) better. So, I was kind of happy today […]

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Postal Passport Palaver

A few weeks ago, I mentioned the imminent reopening, after several years closure, of Liuzhou’s  postal museum behind the old east gate – 东门. Yesterday, I found myself in the area and dropped by to see if it was open. It was. But not to me. As I attempted to pass through the door, I was stopped by a […]

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Vive La France

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Friday Food 153 – Oil Seed Rape

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 etymological. Hardly a month goes past without someone posting an example of “Chinglish” on one site or the other. Rather immaturely and ignorantly, they find this hilarious. In fact, […]

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Mayor – Lack of Openness Criticised

Although Liuzhou’s media remain silent on every aspect of the death of the city’s mayor last week, the national press have taken to their pens to criticise the lack of information being issued. They point out that the Liuzhou public are unsure if the death was an accident, suicide (to avoid corruption charges or for […]

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Mayor Rumour Denied

One of the more persistent rumours going around Liuzhou is that Mayor Xiao who drowned on Wednesday was under investigation by Guangxi Commission for Discipline Inspection. This is effectively the anti-corruption wing of the communist party. The Commission has issued a statement saying that no reports have been received regarding the mayor, nor was there any investigation […]

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Mayoral Mystery

The drowning of Liuzhou’s mayor on Wednesday evening has taken on an even more mysterious air. The city is awash with rumours which I am not going to repeat. You can probably guess. The local news media are reacting in their usual manner by totally ignoring the news. There was, I’m told, a brief mention on […]

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Mammary Makeup

They did this last year, too. For the second year running one of the gold and jewelry shops on the city centre pedestrian street is pretending to have just opened. Again, they have festooned the place with those artificial flower bouquets they always have at shop openings; again, they have found a bunch of not […]

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