Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

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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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Museum Miracle

Liuzhou museum is well worth a visit. Nothing is usefully labelled in anything other than Chinese, but there are cool things to look at. Take a translator. Also check out the ‘occasional exhibit’ gallery on the first floor. Some good temporary exhibitions. Don’t do what some muppet on Trip Advisor did and cruelly dismiss the […]

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Remembering the Past and Building a Peace

Liuzhou museum is holding a temporary exhibition of photographs and calligraphy from around 1944-1945 as part of China’s marking of what they call “The Chinese war of resistance against Japanese aggression and the victory of the world anti-fascist war seventieth anniversary”. They exhibit, which is on the first floor, covers the evacuation of the city […]

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BP Blues

Moving house turns up things you forgot you had. Few kids these days would even know what one of these is. 20 years ago, when I arrived in China, almost no one had a telephone. Even in offices, there might be one phone between a hundred workers. In homes, it was extremely rare to see […]

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Random Photograph 79 – Fen Fun

Twenty years ago, when you changed foreign currency into Chinese, they calculated it down to the last 分. One fen is 100th of one Yuan. Utterly worthless, so they have all but disappeared. The banks no longer issue them, but they remain technically legal currency. I took all the fen notes I had back to […]

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Over? Land?

I must be bored. This has been on what’s left of my mind. The image below dates from the early 1950’s, as indeed do I. I’m confused again! They are advertising ‘overland’ flights to China and illustrating this with a flight path map clearly showing that it isn’t overland at all, but over seas. Or […]

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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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