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Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for August, 2018

Random Photograph 98 – Superstition

Random Picture No. 98 is one in a series of pictures, taken in Liuzhou, which amuse, baffle or otherwise interest me. As most of you will know, 4 is considered to be the most unlucky number in Chinese minds. The character for ‘four’ is 四 and the character for die is 死, both pronounced si* […]

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Friday Food 188 – Chinese Artichoke

in Food and Drink, Friday Food 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 choked in Chinese. 宝塔菜, literally ‘pagoda vegetable’, also know as Chinese artichoke, Japanese artichoke, crosne, knotroot, and artichoke betony is the rhizome of the plant […]

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Mass Murder and Mayhem

I’m confused as usual. Yesterday, I passed on a report about an SUV hitting a number of e-bikes on Wenchang bridge at 11 am yesterday morning. Later in the day, I read in the local rag about an SUV hitting a number of e-bikes in Rongjun Road at 11pm on Saturday evening. Images from both […]

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“Out of Control” Liuzhou Traffic Accident

At 11 am this morning, a serious road “accident” occurred on the westbound side of Wenchang Bridge near the Liuzhou Hotel. An out-of-control SUV ploughed into a number of e-bikes causing serious damage and injury, leaving broken people and bikes and parts littering the road. The bridge was completely closed for a short time, longer […]

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Sister City Update

Liuzhou has a number of Sister City or Twin City agreements. The longest running (30 years), best known and most active is that with Cincinnati in the USA. Here is an updated list. Cincinnati, USA Passau, Germany Rayong Province, Thailand Bandung, Indonesia Mantinlupa, Philippines Vĩnh Yên, Vietnam N’Djamena, Chad In addition there is a loose […]

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Friday Food No. 187 – Hemp Seed

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 hemped up. What you are seeing here are seeds. Cannabis Sativa seeds, to be precise. 火麻仁 in Chinese. Despite China’s well-known strict attitude to psychotropics, the cultivation of hemp for […]

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Instant (Non)-Gratification

I’ve resisted. Not that there was much temptation. I have thought the whole idea ridiculous from the beginning. But some weeks ago, I was given a large box of them and they have been sitting in the corner annoying me. Bags of “instant” luosifen (螺蛳粉). Please don’t misunderstand. I like luosifen. A lot. When it’s […]

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Random Photograph 97. Military Man Aged Area

Random Picture No. 97 is one in a series of pictures, taken in Liuzhou, which amuse, baffle or otherwise interest me. I have no idea who this military man may be or why he has been ageing areas. (Liuzhou fire station,)

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Random Photograph 96 – Yufeng Beer

Random Picture No. 96 is one in a series of pictures, taken in Liuzhou, which amuse, baffle or otherwise interest me. A recent comment on this post made me remember this. The brief discussion was about foul-tasting alcoholic beverages in China and elsewhere. Twenty years ago, there was a brewery here in Liuzhou which made […]

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World Baijiu Day

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