Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for February, 2018

#MeToo Liuzhou

A bartender in a Liuzhou bar called police himself to ask for assistance after he felt in danger from a group of women, one of whom he had sexually molested by grabbing hold of her breast. The group of women, described in sexist terns in local newspaper reports as “young and pretty female customers” were […]

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Narcotic Noodles

A Liuzhou noodle shop owner has been jailed for six months and fined ¥10,000 after being caught adding opium poppy seeds to his Luosifen 螺蛳粉 and Guilin rice noodles 桂林米粉. In December 2016, he heard that adding the seeds would make for more repeat custom, so in July 2017 he bought a two kilogram sack […]

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54 Drunks

Liuzhou police stopped and breathalysed an undisclosed number of drivers over the Spring Festival between February 12th and 20th. 54 drivers failed the test, with one recording 115 mg/100 ml (the legal limit is 80 mg). Most were given 12 penalty points, banned from driving for 6 months and a ¥1000 fine. A derisory punishment. […]

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Dumb Phone – Failed

As usual, with everyone bored to death by the third day of the Spring Festival, they are resorting to their “smart” phones to pass the time. As usual, this has led to the system overloading and failing as often as not. I’m with China Mobile, although I suspect it’s not with me. All weekend, service […]

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祝你们狗年大吉!

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Leech

This sign has just appeared very near my home. It is an advertisement for a leech shop. Not a medically qualified clinic or anything. Just a leech cure quackery. The “medicinal” use of leeches, which usually did more harm than good, all but died out in the west in the 19th century. It was revived […]

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Funeral Blues

Just over a week ago, here in Liuzhou, someone I considered my sister suddenly died, just 41. It transpired she was suffering from diabetes, but was in denial and not taking the prescribed advice or medication. This was compounded by the few people who knew about her condition steering her towards nonsensical folk “medicines” instead. […]

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Phở-less in Liuzhou

It has always surprised me in one way and not at all in another that there are so few Vietnamese restaurants here in town. After all, we are very near.  But what surprises me even more is that the three such places I know all do the same one dish and ignore the wide cuisine […]

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