Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China



The Liuzhou Laowai blog is written by a British man who first visited Liuzhou in China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in 1997, and has been living in the city since January 1999. ¬†The blog began on December 2004 and the full archive is still available, although changes to hosting have sadly led to the loss of past comments. The blog attempts to chronicle the more interesting, amusing, ridiculous or astonishing trivia of everyday life here in Guangxi as seen from an irreverent expatriate’s point of view.

If you are looking for in-depth analysis of Chinese culture, politics, language, history or current affairs, you are in the wrong place. This is local newspaper territory. People falling down holes, Mrs Li’s exploding rice cooker, house fires, lost cats and lurid details of minor ailments is more the style here. With the occasional recipe or knitting pattern. (Knitting pattern? Behave yourself – ed)

Besides the blog, the same person is irresponsible for the Liuzhou Overseas information website at The somewhat more serious (as in factual) website was started in 2001, basically because there was nothing on the internet in English about Liuzhou.

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