Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for the ‘Chinese Holidays’ Category

National Day – October 1st 2019 – Wandering in Liuzhou

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September 30th

September 30th – Opening Ceremony for The Annual Water Sports Festival, but given over instead to a pre-National Day propaganda exercise. Then came the fireworks. They used to have firework displays every year at Spring Festival, but the last was in 2008. They stopped them because of pollution dangers, but apparently they don’t matter for […]

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May

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Festive February

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Happy New Year 2019

A new year in my favourite city – and we get another one on February 5th. A Year of the Pig. Hopefully not a pig of a year.

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Guangxi Birthday

One advantage of living in Guangxi, is that we get more holidays than most of China. In addition to the national statutory holidays, we also get a holiday for 三月三, the region’s ethnic minorities’ biggest festival, held on the 3rd day of the 3rd month by the traditional lunar-solar calendar. This year they have managed […]

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2018 Liuzhou Water Carnival Opens

The International Water Carnival Opening Ceremony took place at 9 o’clock this morning. I wangled an invitation. There were the usual speeches, then the Party Secretary managed to declare festivities open in just one sentence. We were then treated to a display of water sport on the river. National and local television crews were in […]

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54 Drunks

Liuzhou police stopped and breathalysed an undisclosed number of drivers over the Spring Festival between February 12th and 20th. 54 drivers failed the test, with one recording 115 mg/100 ml (the legal limit is 80 mg). Most were given 12 penalty points, banned from driving for 6 months and a ¥1000 fine. A derisory punishment. […]

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Dumb Phone – Failed

As usual, with everyone bored to death by the third day of the Spring Festival, they are resorting to their “smart” phones to pass the time. As usual, this has led to the system overloading and failing as often as not. I’m with China Mobile, although I suspect it’s not with me. All weekend, service […]

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祝你们狗年大吉!

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