Liuzhou Laowai

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Wine Museum

One of Liuzhou’s smallest museums is the Chinese Wine Culture Museum (柳州市国酒文化博物馆). The place is what it says it is. Exhibits on the manufacture, history and culture of “Chinese wine”. As ever they don’t really mean wine, but 白酒 the spirit. The museum is on Beizhan Lu (北站路) around three minute’s walk from the fire […]

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Pen-and-Ink

Liuzhou museum is holding yet another of their occasional temporary exhibitions. This time we have a large number of pen-and-ink images depicting the city, drawn by local artist, 赵继东. The exhibition runs until September 9th.

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Man the Barricades!

As usual, I have no idea what’s going on. A few weeks back, Liuzhou museum, my favourite shortcut, decided to impede my progress from the back door to the front by installing airport style security measures. You have to empty your pockets and walk through one of those full body scanner things to enter, just […]

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LuoSiFen Museum Humbug

This saddens me beyond words. Xinhua, China’s official news agency has announced the opening of a Luosifen (螺蛳粉) Museum last weekend. In the last couple of years around thirty “museums” chronicling everything from a Deer Museum to a Tooth Paste Museum have popped up. These inevitably turn out to merely promotional outlets for some Liuzhou […]

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Industrial Museum

Over the National Day week-long holiday, a couple of dear, old friends (one from Nanning and one from Guangdong) visited me here in Liuzhou. Among their requests for amusement was a trip to Liuzhou Industrial Museum. It’s not a place I’d ever been, although about a year or more ago, shortly after they opened it, […]

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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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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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Postcard Pictures

Liuzhou Museum has issued a new set of postcards consisting of drawings of various sites around the city. ¥10 for a pack of 12. A nice souvenir perhaps. Available from the museum or the old printing works (see last post.)  

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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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Wooden Characters

Among other calligraphy and scenic paintings in a recent temporary exhibition in Liuzhou Museum were these “found” Chinese characters. They are bits of plant roots – trees, bushes etc. which are thought to resemble characters. The tenuousness of some of these is demonstrated by the the fact that the museum still had to label each […]

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