Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for February, 2016

Random Photograph 82 – Pickled Panties

Need some panties? Try the pickle shop. Fancy some pickles? Try the panty shop.

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Luosifen Legislation

Over the last year, there has been a huge rise in the number of companies offering instant luosifen (螺蛳粉 luó sī fěn), Liuzhou’s iconic snail noodle dish. Personally, I don’t think they are a patch on the real thing, but they are proving popular with people who are away from Liuzhou and missing their fix. […]

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No Fires!

Today is one of my favourite days of the year. Everyone else (almost) stays home and I get Liuzhou (almost) all to myself. The second day of the Chinese New Year. Yesterday was quite busy down town. The parks and squares were packed, but, this morning, I went for a long walk and town was […]

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Merry Monkeys

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Three Months?

The driver of a Wuling van who, at the end of November, hit and killed a couple in their seventies, on a pedestrian crossing in the south of the city, sparking the campaign to have drivers stop at crossings, has been tried and sentenced. Tests were carried out and it was discovered that he had […]

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Too Much Monkey Business

Well, is seems we are almost ready. The city has been duly decorated. Most of my friends have disappeared home to their families, The shops are selling the last of the festive crap they always sell. My neighbours have slaughtered their chicken for tomorrow’s “big dinner”. The fireworks have been readied. By noon tomorrow, most […]

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Friday Food 162 – New Year Cake

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 stuck. This may not look like much. That is because it isn’t much. This is 年糕 or New Year Cake from Liuzhou’s Sanjiang county and people are going to […]

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Bank and Bouncy Castle Time

It appears that Liuzhou’s jumpers may have found a new venue for their stunts. For the second time in the past year, someone was apparently threatening to jump from a fifth floor window in the ridiculously large Agricultural Bank HQ on San Zhong Lu (三中路). When I went out this morning at 11 am, there […]

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James Cheese

It isn’t every day in Liuzhou you see the word “cheese” in huge letters on a banner. But I did today. It turns out that, rather than being a new cheese shop, “James Cheese” is a South Korean franchise operation which has started making inroads to China. Their signature dish, at least in Korea, is […]

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