Liuzhou Laowai

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Random Photograph 99 – December 1958

Random Picture No. 98 is one in a series of pictures, taken in Liuzhou, which amuse, baffle or otherwise interest me.

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Guinness War

Gongmao (工贸大厦), the state-owned department store in the city centre recently re-opened its basement “boutique supermarket” after an extensive makeover. It still sells the same overpriced stuff as before. It is however good on breakfast cereals and there is the occasional surprise. Their import beer selection is worth a look, but they are in extreme […]

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Song of the Sirens

Anyone who is in Liuzhou (and elsewhere in China) will have heard sirens wailing repeatedly, beginning at 10:30 this morning. Don’t worry! -Trump hasn’t tried to invade China just yet! The sirens were marking the 48th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix, who left us on September 18th 1970. Or perhaps not. There is […]

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Old Liuzhou in Pictures No. 4

In the autumn of 1928, a fire broke out in Liuzhou destroying two thirds of the city. Over 200 people were killed and hundreds injured. Over 2,000 homes were destroyed and the disaster is said to have affected 20, 000 people. This is referred to in Chinese as the “1928年柳州著名的  “火烧半边城” 事件” (The 1928 Liuzhou […]

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(Almost) Forgotten Liuzhou Lives No. 1

Born in 1912 in Guangdong and a graduate of an art school, 符少孟 made his way to Liuzhou sometime during the Sino-Japanese war / WW2  and settled here. He eventually found work in Liuzhou museums department. In 1963, he designed and built a 4.2 metre high statue of Liu San Jie, which stood in Yufeng Park, […]

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Revolutionary Printers

I’ve long been curious about this building at 50 Zhongshan Dong Lu (中山东路). I knew what it was, but wondered why it had been abandoned for years. There was a sign on the wall indicating that it had once been home to Liuzhou Lianhua printing works, but nothing else. It looked like it was kept […]

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Song of the Sirens

Those in Liuzhou this morning, Sunday 18th September, may have wondered what the wailing sirens were about. No, we aren’t under immediate threat. The sirens wail to commemorate the Japanese invasion of China which started on September 18th 1931. They don’t do this every year, but only on significant anniversaries such as those ending in […]

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Murderous Mugs

BuBuGao, the Hunanese* supermarket chain which has the customer-less shopping mall on the north side of Liuzhou’s People’s Square, is apparently marking the 50th anniversary of the start of Mao’s cultural revolution in which millions were tortured, murdered or driven to suicide, by selling commemorative mugs. The enamel mugs (as would have been available in […]

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Postal Passport Palaver

A few weeks ago, I mentioned the imminent reopening, after several years closure, of Liuzhou’s  postal museum behind the old east gate – 东门. Yesterday, I found myself in the area and dropped by to see if it was open. It was. But not to me. As I attempted to pass through the door, I was stopped by a […]

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Going Postal

I am happy to report that I have learned that the yellow house built in 1903 and owned by Liuzhou post office is to reopen as a postal museum, as it was many years ago. Not that I’m in the least interested in stamps or any other aspect of postal history. I just want to see […]

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