Liuzhou Laowai

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Heavy Reading

Anyone with even a passing knowledge of literature is aware that some books are more heavy going than others.   At one end of the scale we may have something like James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake which many readers have declared unreadable (they’re wrong). At the lighter end are a zillion beach books, Harry Potter and […]

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Cartoon Liuzhou

I bought this a couple of days ago and forgot about it. Found it in my camera bag this morning when looking for something else. It is a book called 漫画柳州 (which means ‘Cartoon Liuzhou’) by 曾广健. And it’s what it says on the cover. Liuzhou in cartoons. It ranges through Liuzhou life and culture – […]

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Beautiful Guangxi in Foreigners’ Eyes

As part of Guangxi government’s “Beautiful Guangxi and Clean Environment” campaign, it has been decided to hold an essay and photograph competition which they are calling “Beautiful Guangxi in Foreigners’ Eyes”. The theme of the contest is, and I quote, “beautiful scenery, beautiful story and beautiful people“. Contestants should “from different perspectives, depict and display […]

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1,194 years after he died, reluctant Liuzhou resident Liu Zongyuan (柳宗元), would be spinning in his grave if the local government hadn’t dreamed up a different spin for him Mr Liu (773 – 819) was born in Shanxi province and moved to what is now Xi’an but was then the capital of China under the […]

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Liuzhou, Beat Poets, and Lady Chatterley

Think of Liuzhou and the first thing that doesn’t come to mind is beat poets or writers. Jack Kerouac. Alan Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, or William Burroughs. The second thing not to come to mind are earlier writers such as Samuel Beckett or Jean Genet, and I’m fairly sure no one made a connection between Liuzhou […]

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Falling Through Clouds

This is a shameless plug – nothing to do with China, Liuzhou or anything else. My dear friend, Anna has her first novel – Falling Through Clouds – published tomorrow (9th January). I am really proud of her as are her husband Johnny, children, friends and family. She talked about this years ago when […]

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An Open Book

It took them two years to build then it lay deserted for another two, but it seems the new Xinhua Bookstore on Liuzhou Square is finally going to open tomorrow, June 1st. Xinhua Bookstore is one branch of the huge state owned chain. It was formed way back on April 24, 1937 by the communists […]

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Fog Everywhere

“Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls deified among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city. Fog creeping into the cabooses of collier-brigs; fog lying out on the yards and hovering in the rigging […]

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Bucket Kicking Obelisk

A few weeks ago, the locals erected this obelisk in the least visited part of Liuzhou’s pedestrian street. It depicts various scenes from what is meant to be the city’s history. Included is Liuzhou’s most significant historical character, writer and statesman, Liu Zongyuan. As part of the Chinese New Year celebrations a bunch of the […]

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Well, as I mentioned before, I took a trip north to my old stalking grounds in West Hunan. I lived there ten years ago and this was my first trip back. My ultimate destination was the remote town of Yuanling. Getting there involves an 8 hour overnight train journey followed by a three hour bus […]

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