Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for May, 2017

Study Chinese in Guangxi

Guangxi Science and Technology Normal University (formally Liuzhou Teacher’s College) is offering special rates on its Mandarin courses for foreign students, making it among the cheapest in China. The university is fully accredited and has two campuses – one in Liuzhou and one in Laibin, the next city heading south towards Nanning. The Mandarin courses […]

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Friday Food 178 – Mushroom Extract

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 mincing mushrooms. This mushroom extract is being marketed as “more healthy” alternative to the dreaded, but falsely maligned, MSG. Basically it is salt and powdered dried mushrooms (boletus, shiitake and […]

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A Load of Bollards

I’ve declared war. All over Liuzhou (China) are loads of bollards. These are erected to prevent the more idiotic citizens who have somehow managed to obtain a driving license despite displaying no discernible driving skills from inserting their vehicles into spaces where no sane person would think of so doing. Said bollards are fixed to […]

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Sam Sung – Bad Music

Never again will I buy a Samsung phone. I am no newcomer to cell phones or mobile phones or whatever you call them. I bought my first mobile phone back in 1988 – a Motorolo brick which weighed the same as well fed baby and was equally shitty. Over the years I have upgraded and […]

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China NoCom

This could all have turned out very differently. I was having visions of spending time at the keyboard lambasting all and sundry for their corporate incompetence, tax avoidance, general annoyance etc. I would have worked the orange imbecile in somehow, too. A total breakdown in civilisation etc. I had to move house. Always a load […]

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Friday Food 177 – Red Potato Shoots

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 seeing red. I was in the supermarket a while backĀ  and became confused – not for the first, or last, time. Among the many mysterious green vegetables on offer was […]

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