Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

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Wooden Characters

Among other calligraphy and scenic paintings in a recent temporary exhibition in Liuzhou Museum were these “found” Chinese characters. They are bits of plant roots – trees, bushes etc. which are thought to resemble characters. The tenuousness of some of these is demonstrated by the the fact that the museum still had to label each […]

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Lost in Translation

A couple of nights ago, I took a short taxi trip home. The relatively young driver and I had a maybe 15 minute conversation. The usual questions. Where are you from? How long have you been in China? 18 years! You are joking! Where do you work? Blah! Blah! Blah! As we approached my destination […]

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A Different Festival

Rongshui Miao Autonomous County (融水苗族自治县) lies to the north of Liuzhou city, but is under Liuzhou’s jurisdiction as part of Liuzhou Prefecture. It is a poor area, with around a 70% non-Han ethnic minority population. 40% are Miao. There is no real autonomy, of course. As with Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, autonomy just means that […]

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What Year Is It, Anyway?

I’ve seen a number of articles in the media asking what Chinese year it is this time. “Is it the Year of the Goat? The Sheep? The Ram?” they ask. The problem, they explain, is one of translation. They say that 羊 (Yang) is the Chinese for all three. So 羊年 (Year of the Yang) can […]

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