Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

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7 Foreigners Arrested in Liuzhou

At least seven foreigners in Liuzhou have been arrested for breaking their visa conditions by working, teaching English in so-called “training schools” while in China on student visas. They have been fined 10,000元 and their visa status is under review. This can mean deportation or, certainly, refusal to renew. It also means they ar e […]

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Gaokao Games

Yesterday evening, across China, China Mobile sent this message to its subscribers. Basically says that the 2018 dreaded Gaokao (高考) is being held today and tomorrow (June 7th and 8th). They are warning that, In order to curb cheating in this all important exam, exam centres are employing blocking systems which may have repercussions for […]

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Kindergarten Cretins

It has been reported that Chinese censors have issued orders preventing reporting or commenting on reports of the recent child abuse scandal in Beijing. The story which broke a few days ago alleged that RYB (Red Yellow Blue) New World Kindergarten in Xintiandi, in eastern Beijing had been drugging children and forcing them to stand […]

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Brexit Cushion

As if Brexit wasn’t confusing enough (thanks largely to the Maybot and her staggeringly incompetent government), my local supermarket is adding to the chaos. I’ve always found Chinese students very geographically challenged. God knows what they are taught in school. I once gave some university students a blank outline map of China and asked them […]

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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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Study Chinese in Guangxi

Guangxi Science and Technology Normal University (formally Liuzhou Teacher’s College) is offering special rates on its Mandarin courses for foreign students, making it among the cheapest in China. The university is fully accredited and has two campuses – one in Liuzhou and one in Laibin, the next city heading south towards Nanning. The Mandarin courses […]

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60 Years of Drunken Karaoke?

I have mentioned before that I have the misfortune to live near to Liuzhou No 3 Middle School. They are the major polluters round here – noise pollution. Not the pupils, who are pretty well-behaved, but the drunks who are meant to teach them.  Here is what I said last year. Yesterday afternoon they started […]

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Global Garbage

Many years ago, I lived in Xi’an, Tang dynasty capital of China, now most famous for being home to the Terracotta Warriors. I loved the city, but it was time to move on. After a lengthy spell in the beautiful west of Hunan, I ended up in Liuzhou. One day, early on, I was standing […]

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Cézanne’s Cell Phone

Yesterday, I was chatting with a bunch of local college students and we somehow got onto the topic of western art and the insanely high prices paid for some paintings. They were particularly interested to know what is the most expensive painting. I was able not only to tell them, but to show them. I […]

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Waiting for the Trains

I guess most people know, and all sensible guide books on China certainly mention it, that it is strongly recommended that people avoid train travel in the Spring Festival (especially in the few days before Chinese New Year’s Day) and at other public holidays such as May Day or October’s National Day. Less well known […]

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