Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for August, 2016

If The Old Doesn’t Go

There is a Chinese idiom 旧的不去,新的不来 which can be translated as “If the old doesn’t go, the new can’t come.” Yesterday, Liuzhou announced the results of its elections for the new city leaders. Chances are you didn’t know there was an election. Few people ever do. The party just vote for themselves. The People’s Republic […]

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Random Photograph No. 90 – Blue Sky

Random Picture No. 90 is one in a series of pictures, taken in Liuzhou, which amuse, baffle or otherwise interest me.

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Crayfish Warning

Nanning Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning regarding crayfish aka crawfish, crawdads, freshwater lobsters, mountain lobsters or mudbugs. Whatever you call them, you may want to take heed. They have said that there is a possibility that “eating [crayfish] may lead to rhabdomyolysis”, a muscle disease which, in extreme cases,  can lead to […]

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4th Liuzhou Arts And Crafts Masters’ Exhibition

Stuck for something to do over the weekend? Liuzhou museum is hosting the 4th annual arts and crafts masters’ exhibition until Sunday. And an odd affair it is, too. “Arts and crafts” covers a wide spectrum and this is reflected in the exhibits. Everything from ethnic minority dresses and jewellery, through paintings, lampshades, wooden models […]

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Not The Ticket

I guess it was inevitable. In 2005, this tiny ticket office, more of a ticket kiosk really, opened at the gate of Liuzhou Library on 三中路. For those of us in the north of the city, this was a godsend. No longer did we have to descend into what was, and despite some improvements, remains […]

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Friday Food 169 – Burdock

Friday Food is an occasional article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This time, we are going underground. Roots, mon. When I was a kid, aeons ago, we used to drink dandelion and burdock. This was traditionally a slightly alcoholic beverage, but the soft drink companies […]

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Whole Lotta Shakin’

Typical. I leave Guangxi for a few days and the place starts falling apart. I spent last weekend back in my old haunts in Hunan, where I lived 20 years ago. Almost as soon as I crossed the border, Guangxi has an earthquake! The magnitude-5.4 quake, centred on Wuzhou city to the east of Liuzhou, […]

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