Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for May, 2018

Liuzhou Information

Last summer, after thirteen years, in a moment of madness, I deleted all the Liuzhou information from my website, only leaving this blog. It had become bloated and out of date and I thought I could reasonably quickly edit it and put it back in a leaner and more up to date form. Life intervened […]

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Old Liuzhou in Pictures No. 4

In the autumn of 1928, a fire broke out in Liuzhou destroying two thirds of the city. Over 200 people were killed and hundreds injured. Over 2,000 homes were destroyed and the disaster is said to have affected 20, 000 people. This is referred to in Chinese as the “1928年柳州著名的  “火烧半边城” 事件” (The 1928 Liuzhou […]

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Cincinnati – Liuzhou Sister City 30 Year Celebration

Liuzhou has been celebrating 30 years as a “sister-city” to Cincinnati. The very active partnership has long been focused on teacher exchange, library cooperation, parks planning and even chef exchange. In addition to celebrating the past, the two cities signed a memorandum of understanding to extend the partnership over the next ten years. Cincinnati – […]

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Old Liuzhou in Pictures No. 3

On the night of November 8th, 1944, the Hunan-Guangxi Railway Administration ordered that the railway bridge over the Liujiang be destroyed to prevent its use by the approaching Japanese army. The iron bridge was blown up into several sections. The bridge was rebuilt in the 1950s and is still in use.

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Melted Butter

For several decades, this shop has been situated just off Longcheng Road (龙城路), in the city centre. I have certainly been shopping there for over twenty years. Known to most laowai as “the butter shop”, back then it was the only shop in Liuzhou to sell anything vaguely western: cheese, butter, olives, canned tuna, anchovies, […]

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Clinton Beer

Guilin based brewery, Liquan, producers of the most available beer in Guangxi have issued a premium beer to mark 20 years since then President Bill Clinton made a very brief visit to the city. Spent around 5 minutes in Yangshuo. Oddly, on the rear label, is this supposed quote from Clinton (in his hand-writing?) which […]

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Smoke Weed

I am fairly certain the owners of this shop in the underground mall beneath the city centre have no idea what this means. Supreme! I am especially glad the designer was too stoned to spell “Every Day” correctly. Still,  I’ve seen worse over the years. The girl walking along the street with the T-shirt proclaiming […]

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Toilet Untroubled

Some in the Bureau of Excretory Affairs obviously reads this blog. Not 24 hours after I posted my last effort about the public loo, this morning I walked past and found a) It has re-opened. b) They have had a second attempt at  spelling TOILET and, this time, got it right. c) Sort of corrected […]

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Toiet Trouble

For as long as I’ve been in Liuzhou, and probably far longer, there has been a public convenience at the northern end of what is now the city centre pedestrian street. Years ago it was a notorious “cottage“, but it was demolished and rebuilt a few years back. Over the last month or so, they […]

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Where Am I?

A couple of people have asked where I have disappeared to. The short story is that I’ve been in Vietnam for a couple of weeks on business, but am now back in Liuzhou. Normal or abnormal service will resume.

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