Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for September, 2016

With This Ring …

I would be failing in my duty if I didn’t bring you this. Earlier this month, an 18-year old Liuzhou man (boy) had to call the emergency services after enduring two days of pain when he decided to put a wedding ring on his penis, but then couldn’t remove it. His appendage became swollen (not […]

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Hot

Today, Liuzhou’s temperature hit 36ºC. I have no idea and even less interest what that is in illogical, antediluvian measuring systems only still used in one backward  country. Most unusual for September, but over the next few days it is going to slide back to a more normal 26ºC.

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Random Photograph No. 91 – Red Okra

Random Picture No. 91 is one in a series of pictures, taken in Liuzhou, which amuse, baffle or otherwise interest me. Red okra at Guangya 广雅 Market, Liuzhou. Unfortunately, it turns green when cooked.

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Barrier! Do Not Cross! Go Round!

This has been amusing me for a few weeks. One of the few places in Liuzhou you can get respite from the hideous silent killer e-bikes, or e-donkeys as the popular Chinese name means (something of a misnomer, I feel. The donkeys are usually the idiots who ride them) is the pedestrian street in the […]

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Fill ‘Er Up

These electric car recharging outlets are popping up across the city. Those pictured here are in the car park of Liuzhou museum. China is strongly committed to electric vehicle development with the government actively supporting moves away from dependency on fossil fuels and the associated pollution. Both Chinese and foreign car manufacturers are developing vehicles […]

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Song of the Sirens

Those in Liuzhou this morning, Sunday 18th September, may have wondered what the wailing sirens were about. No, we aren’t under immediate threat. The sirens wail to commemorate the Japanese invasion of China which started on September 18th 1931. They don’t do this every year, but only on significant anniversaries such as those ending in […]

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Everest Exhibition

Stuck for something to do over the weekend? like photography, mountains or climbing? Liuzhou Museum us holding yet another of its free temporary exhibitions. This time it is a record of China’s 60 years of attempts to conquer what they know as 珠穆朗玛峰, but you possibly know as Mount Everest, which lies on the Tibetan […]

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Cheese Tea?

The hopeless, so-called “Italian Pizza” place which had no Italian pizzas, as I mentioned in July, lasted even less long than the average Italian government.  It has gone – unmourned – after just two months. In its place, has arisen a branch of the chain of “royaltea” shops which seem to be all the rage. […]

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