Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

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Baisha Bridge Update

Here is a short video of crossing the new Baisha Bridge at night. (YouTube, so VPN necessary.

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Forest City – Fake News

I mentioned back in July 2017 that  I had serious doubts about the so-called Forest City supposedly already under construction in Liuzhou by Stefano Boeri Architetti, an Italian company. In February of this year, newspapers and magazines around the world reported that the “ground has been broken” on the project (some seven months after it […]

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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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Man the Barricades!

As usual, I have no idea what’s going on. A few weeks back, Liuzhou museum, my favourite shortcut, decided to impede my progress from the back door to the font by installing airport style security measures. You have to empty your pockets and walk through one of those full body scanner things to enter, just […]

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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 It had become bloated and out of date and I thought I could reasonably quickly edit it and put it back in a leaner and more up to date form.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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Industrial Museum

Over the National Day week-long holiday, a couple of dear, old friends (one from Nanning and one from Guangdong) visited me here in Liuzhou. Among their requests for amusement was a trip to Liuzhou Industrial Museum. It’s not a place I’d ever been, although about a year or more ago, shortly after they opened it, […]

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Blue Sky; Bluer Water

Today in my perambulations around the city, I saw something rarely seen in Liuzhou. Yes, astonishingly, that is blue sky behind the Bubugao Tower. I had been in Liuzhou several years before I saw blue sky. In the early 2000s the government moved most of the factories out of the city centre and closed down […]

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(Almost) Forgotten Liuzhou Lives No. 1

Born in 1912 in Guangdong and a graduate of an art school, 符少孟 made his way to Liuzhou sometime during the Sino-Japanese war / WW2  and settled here. He eventually found work in Liuzhou museums department. In 1963, he designed and built a 4.2 metre high statue of Liu San Jie, which stood in Yufeng Park, […]

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Website Wiped

Today, I finally did something I have been planning to do for a couple of years. I deleted all the Liuzhou Laowai website apart from the blog and a couple of small side routes. Should you try to access any page on www.liuzhou.co.uk (other than /wordpress) you should see something like this. I have also […]

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Absent Without Leaving

I want to say thank you to all those who have contacted me recently regarding my absence, or near absence from blogging here. There are a few reasons for this. Number one is that, for the last few months, I have been in less-than-perfect health. This cumulated in a lengthy hospital stay in June, hence […]

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