Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

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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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Bacon War

At this time of year, many Liuzhou residents take up smoking. They smoke home cured bacon, mostly, but also sausages etc. However, not everyone is happy about it. When an elderly couple decided to take advantage of the recent warm weather and smoke themselves some bacon for the winter, neighbours took great exception to the […]

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

At 9 pm on Saturday night (June 21st), a fire broke out in this building in Liuzhou’s city centre Five Star pedestrian area and was the most exciting thing to happen there since a tree fell over in a storm in 1952. The building, which contains karaoke bars and restaurants was successfully evacuated and the […]

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Banger Bans

Liuzhou Fire Department has kindly announced that fireworks, firecrackers or bangers, those essential accoutrements of the Spring Festival which is less than a week away, will be officially on sale in certain licensed venues in tents throughout the city, as of tomorrow. (It is worth point out that 99.99% of these fireworks are noisy bangers, […]

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Fire Drill

Back in the dark ages, when I was in high school, there were regular fire drills – usually once per term. They were not announced in advance so we never knew if they were real or not till it was all over. The point of the exercise was to get all the pupils out of […]

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Failing to Fly

Once again, Liuzhou has opened a building at the last minute to host an important event. We had the horticulture expo where they were still sticking the carpets (and VIP guests) to floors on the opening day; we had the barely finished expo centre for the ASEAN car expo a couple of weeks ago and […]

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Bus Bunkum

I am not a cynical type of person. Well, yes I am. So I don't believe a word of what I have just read. According to local news sources, at 5 pm yesterday, a Liuzhou No. 57 bus spontaneously ignited. That wouldn't surprise me. The report continues by informing me that, due to the prompt […]

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Fire and Water

It’s been a bit quiet round here. In the sense of not much happening. It’s never quiet in the sense of no noise. The last three to four weeks has seen utterly miserable weather – the worst being on Tuesday this week. So, apart from brief raids on the supermarket for essential sustenance, I have been […]

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Spontaneous Combustion

Along with the rest of China, we have been going through something of a heatwave with temperatures in the high 30s centigrade. This has resulted in a number spontaneous combustions. Not people (as yet), but cars and buses. In the latter case maybe it should be comBUStion.So far, noone has been injured. I've been keeping […]

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No Fireworks

I was strolling through town earlier today, enjoying the unusual warm sunshine, when I passed the bus stand for the No. 3 bus. This is a bus I use from time to time and I noticed that there was some kind of sign attached to the entrance door of each bus. Thinking it may be […]

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