Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

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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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Liuzhou’s Historical Nightmare

In order to mark the Dragon Boat Festival, and perhaps today’s Children’s Day, Liuzhou Museum mounted one of its occasional temporary exhibitions. These can sometimes be wonderful. This one wasn’t. Entitled “Historical Memory”. it consisted of a load of piss-poor water colours depicting scenes from around the city. You know, the same clichéd crap you […]

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Long Lunch at the Dragon Pool

Like so many things, it came out of the blue. I was kind of aware that there was a Chinese holiday this week, but being self-semi-employed I am often a man of leisure and the holidays make little impact on my life. This one is in celebration of the Dragon Boat Festival 端午节 and although […]

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Double Holiday

Tomorrow, March 30th sees Guangxi close down for 6 days. The 三月三 ethnic minority festival is an officially recognised public holiday, but only here in Guangxi. This year it coincidentally abuts 清明,the ancestor worship festival which is a national public holiday. 三月三 is also sometimes known as the Zhuang Song Festival, but the festival is […]

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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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