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Old Liuzhou in Pictures No. 5

When it was built in 1956, Liuzhou Fire Station was by far the tallest building in the city. Originally, the tower was 36 metres tall, but was extended to 42 metres in 1982. As the tallest building, it was used to overlook the city and hopefully spot any fires, so enabling a quick response. Of […]

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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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Old Liuzhou in Pictures No. 3

On the night of November 8th, 1944, the Hunan-Guangxi Railway Administration ordered that the railway bridge over the Liujiang be destroyed to prevent its use by the approaching Japanese army. The iron bridge was blown up into several sections. The bridge was rebuilt in the 1950s and is still in use.

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Old Liuzhou in Pictures No. 2

A group of newly graduated middle school students / red guards gather for a picture with the Chairman. All clutching their Little Red Books. Like the first in this series, this was taken in Liuzhou People’s Square, but earlier. 1968

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Old Liuzhou in Pictures No. 1

This photograph was taken in 1973, during Mao’s cultural revolution when the youth was running out of control led by the “Red Guards”. It shows a mass meeting of young people about to be sent to the countryside to “learn from the peasants”. A lucky few were sent within Guangxi, but many were sent to […]

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