Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for December, 2015

The Height of Madness

It has long been my policy to ignore anything and everything in the UK “newspaper” The Daily Mail. Its politics is slightly to the right of Hitler and truth is never allowed to stand in the way of its bigotry. Every story I have seen there concerning Liuzhou has been garbage. What’s more, I have […]

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Friday Food 158 – Phoenix Balls

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 down with mythical birds and their balls. These delightful looking things are known as Phoenix Balls (凤凰球) and are available in packs of four from many supermarkets around town. […]

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New “Western” Food Shop

I am delighted to report the finding of a new “western” food shop approximately three minutes from my front door. The store specialises in baking goods (ingredients and equipment), but also stocks a wide range of jams and jellies (imported from Turkey) as well as butter and processed type cheeses. You can find the shop […]

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I’m Amazed #2

For the last three weeks the local media have been banging on about car drivers giving precedence to pedestrians on crossings. There have been articles in the newspapers every day, as well as daily television and radio coverage. To my amazement it seems to be working! You can hardly move down town for cars, buses […]

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I’m Amazed #1

Liuzhou Hotel, the government owned place which unsurprisingly has five stars (the government award the stars) have published the menu for their Christmas dinner in the “western” restaurant, Prince. Of course, they have no idea about western food and serve everything at random. Last time I was there, my soup turned up after dessert and […]

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Friday Food 157 – Dried Flowers

 Friday Food is an occasional article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week we go for flower power. The local supermarkets (particularly Bubugao) all carry a selection of dried flowers for which you would probably have to visit a specialist store in the west. The […]

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Guangxi Foreign Affairs Festive Fail

Late this evening, I received this bizarre invitation for a terrific way to spend Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing day. They didn’t even bother to translate it into English. This is my colleague’s translation. Guangxi administration of foreign experts affairs will hold a meeting about giving suggestions for the development of Guangxi on Dec […]

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Cyclist Under Car

This is gruesome. Do not open the link if you are easily upset. A Liuzhou cyclist is run over and nearly killed by a “new” driver. When the vehicle hits her, it doesn’t even stop. What gets me is that the tone seems to be blaming the cyclist. OK, she was going against the prevailing […]

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Fruity Update

See here.

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Friday Food 156 – “Peanut” Beans

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 full of beans. I actually first came across these back in August, but was reminded of them a few days ago. They are fresh beans known in Chinese as 花生豆, which […]

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