Liuzhou Laowai

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Year of the Rooster

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Ne’er Cast a Clout

Till May be out Ne’er cast a clout. The old proverb, still current in Scotland, is almost equally apt here in Liuzhou. After a long warm spell, the temperatures plummeted again on Wednesday, catching many people out. Thursday was even lower. Until recently, I would see people don their winter woolies and thermal underwear on […]

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No Fires!

Today is one of my favourite days of the year. Everyone else (almost) stays home and I get Liuzhou (almost) all to myself. The second day of the Chinese New Year. Yesterday was quite busy down town. The parks and squares were packed, but, this morning, I went for a long walk and town was […]

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Merry Monkeys

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Too Much Monkey Business

Well, is seems we are almost ready. The city has been duly decorated. Most of my friends have disappeared home to their families, The shops are selling the last of the festive crap they always sell. My neighbours have slaughtered their chicken for tomorrow’s “big dinner”. The fireworks have been readied. By noon tomorrow, most […]

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Friday Food 162 – New Year Cake

Friday Food is an occasional article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week we are getting stuck. This may not look like much. That is because it isn’t much. This is 年糕 or New Year Cake from Liuzhou’s Sanjiang county and people are going to […]

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Patriotic Heads

The recent craze in China to decorate your head with representations of various plants has taken a nationalistic leap. To celebrate the founding of the People’s Republic 66 years ago today, people are taking seven days off and sticking Chinese flags in their hair instead of the usual flowers, chilli peppers and mushrooms. The 40 […]

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2015 Liuzhou International Water Festival

Once again, Liuzhou will hold its annual messing about on the river festival. The usual idiots rich kids with their toys are scheduled to turn up. Ans the locals will do their best to ignore it. The opening ceremony is due to take place on the afternoon of September 16th (invitation only) followed by the […]

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More Free Parks

Several years agp, admission prices were dropped from most Liuzhou city centre parks, including Longtan, Liuhou and Que’er Shan Parks. Two more parks are to become free for admission in October, in time for the national day holiday (Oct 1 – 7th inclusive.) 三门江国家森林公园 Sanmenjiang National Forestry Park is in the east of the north-east […]

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Lovin’ It

According to the traditional Chinese calendar, today is the seventh day of the seventh month and so time to celebrate 七夕节, the Qixi Festival. This is also known by various other names, most commonly these days as Chinese Valentine’s Day, which makes no sense whatsoever, Valentine being a historical figure and Roman and without a Chinese […]

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