Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for January, 2016

4 Days, 8 Deaths

Here I go again. I post something like this every year. But it seems to be getting worse instead of better. In the last four days, there have been 106 gas poisoning incidents in Liuzhou, eight of them ending with someone dying. There have been 324 incidents in the last month. Last year (2015) there […]

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Lost Lobsters and Missing Mussels

For just over a week, Bubugao Hypermarket has been doling out these eight page leaflets promoting what they term a 全球美食节 or “Whole Earth Food Delicacies Festival”. Of course, it’s no such thing. They are just flogging off the stuff they always have anyway. Overpriced crap wine, milk from Germany, overpriced Spanish olive oil, nasty […]

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Friday Food 161 – Donkey

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 going hee-haw. Spring Festival 1998. I was in Yunnan province in a small village on the border between China and Myanmar/Burma. Strolling about the village I came across the local […]

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Imaginary Snow

For two days, I’ve been besieged by people telling me it is snowing in Liuzhou city, Nanning, Guangzhou etc. Just to clarify things “NO IT ISN’T!” What they are seeing is, in fact,  ice, frost and soft hail (technically, “graupel” – Chinese – 霰) Few locals have ever seen snow, so they misidentify everything white […]

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New Mayor

Approximately two months after the apparent suicide of the last incumbent, Liuzhou has finally chosen a new mayor. That is, the party has. 吴炜 was “elected” yesterday after what appeared to be bit of struggle. with four vice-mayors having resigned and one suspended for a suspected  inappropriate relationship with a married woman other than his […]

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Friday Food 160 – Black Ants

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 antsy. Black ants have been eaten in China for decades, more for medicinal reasons than gustatory. You won’t find them in your local supermarket, but they are available in […]

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Mayoral Muddle

Shenanigans are afoot in the search for a new city mayor after the apparent suicide of the last one back in November 2015. It has been reported that four vice-mayors have “resigned” and one is under investigation by the party discipline committee for being involved with “a married women”, presumably not his own wife. Swearing-in […]

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Snow in Liuzhou?

WeChat, the Chinese cellphone social media is buzzing with rumours of there being snow in Liuzhou next week as temperatures plummet. The local weather experts have broken with tradition and admitted what every one already knows. “We don’t know!” they say. Actually, snow in Liuzhou isn’t that unusual. It depends what you mean by “Liuzhou”. […]

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Starman

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Bacon War

At this time of year, many Liuzhou residents take up smoking. They smoke home cured bacon, mostly, but also sausages etc. However, not everyone is happy about it. When an elderly couple decided to take advantage of the recent warm weather and smoke themselves some bacon for the winter, neighbours took great exception to the […]

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