Liuzhou Laowai

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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 Famous “Burning Half the City” Incident.

This is a map of the city shortly after the fire. (Click on image to enlarge.)

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4 Responses to “Old Liuzhou in Pictures No. 4”

  1. David Says:

    Just to be clear . Is that the river running east south west around the city wall ?
    Fascinating .

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:


  3. Robert Says:

    Looking at this map would it be fair to say that the city wall still encircled the city centre in 1928 ?

  4. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    I would say so, yes, but contrary to popular opinion, I wasn’t here at the time!. I have a picture of the cityscape as taken from Ma’an Shan 1934, which appears to show segments of the wall and the old North Gate. What remained was either buried under “development”, recycled to rebuild new houses after the fire or destroyed in WWII

    In 2003, during the rebuilding of Liuzhou People’s Square and installing its underground car park, sections of the wall were discovered. They were photographed, catalogued and reburied. So, when you are standing in the square admiring BuBuGao, the wall is under your feet.

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