Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for October, 2016

Wooden Characters

Among other calligraphy and scenic paintings in a recent temporary exhibition in Liuzhou Museum were these “found” Chinese characters. They are bits of plant roots – trees, bushes etc. which are thought to resemble characters. The tenuousness of some of these is demonstrated by the the fact that the museum still had to label each […]

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Luosifen at Large

According to the state news agency Xinhua, Liuzhou’s favourite noodle dish is hitting the taste buds of the world. The instant noodle makers have worked out how to make an instant version of  螺蛳粉, or snail noodles and, with government help, are starting to export them. The original non-instant version consists of rice noodles with […]

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Friday Food No. 171 – Dongbei Wild Rice Stems

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, we are getting wild about rice. I’m not sure what to call this. A number of resources label it as “Manchurian wild rice”, but Manchuria as a name is anathema to most […]

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Random Ringo

For the last month or so, this pair of young gentlemen have been entertaining the passing citizenry by busking, mainly outside the Lianhua Century Supermarket in the city centre. They bill themselves as 天空樂隊 which means “Sky Band” and advertise their phone number in case of any passing Chinese Brian Epsteins. The chap on guitar […]

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12:20

All of this holiday week, my internet connection here in Liuzhou has ground to a near halt at around 12:20pm and remaining slow until around 2:20 pm. Baffling. I mean serious slowness to the point that I am getting timeout problems even with local sites. As for the VPN, forget it! Although, astonishingly, Twitter was […]

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Friday Food No. 170 – Brake Root Vermicelli

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, broken black noodles. I mentioned brake (and fiddleheads) back in Friday Food 95. Now we have a by-product, brake root vermicelli or 蕨根粉丝. The starchy root of the plant is the main […]

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