Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

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Fly Me To The River

The locals have gone one step further in their quest to include every possible type of transport in Liuzhou’s traffic scheme. We have had BRT, the so-called “rapid” buses which take as long as regular buses and spend as much time trying to get out of the constant traffic jams. We have had the rather […]

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Liuzhou Bridges 1 – Liujiang Bridge

For Jo. Liuzhou is proud of its bridges over the river. They are particularly proud that there are so many. This apparently glorifies the city in some way. Some of them are interesting, so I will be doing an occasional series of posts about some of the more interesting. Liujiang Bridge (柳江大桥), popularly known as […]

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Wet News

It has been an odd week in Liuzhou news. Here are a few of the highlights. In fact, only two are wet. 1. An 80+ year old man wet his pants while waiting for service in a Liuzhou bank. Yes, this made the local newspapers and prompted the editor into sending an unpaid slave intern […]

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Public Transit City

China loves to give cities awards, for which they compete. Hours and fortunes are spent on this nonsense; school children are taken out of classes to take part in mind-numbing activities to promote efforts for whatever prize they are chasing. We get propaganda signs everywhere urging us to be clean so that we can be […]

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River Bus Suspended – Too Much Water in River

I have now learned that on Tuesday (April 1st, but no joke), two days after the service was launched, the river bus service was suspended for  much of the day. The reason: too much water in the river. The bus operating company have now said that, although the river bus is not subject to traffic lights […]

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Another Tale From The Riverbank

Today is 三月三, or the third day of the third month by the traditional Chinese lunar-solar calendar. For many of the ethnic minorities in China, particularly in the south, this is one of the most important days of the year and is marked by huge meetings, games, fireworks, matchmaking rites and eating on a grand scale. […]

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Navigational Knobs – A River Bus Sequel

This morning, I took a stroll down to the riverside to examine these rumoured bus boats for myself. At 东门 (East Gate), under the shadow of Wenhui Bridge (the red one), I found this river bus stop. As you can see, it was teeming with people anxious to hand over their three pictures of […]

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River Bus Tests Map

Liuzhou’s new river bus service is due to open tomorrow morning at 7 am.  All week they have been testing the buses (and presumably testing that the drivers know where they are going, etc.) At the same time, they have released a map showing the nine* ‘bus stops’ involved. *No, I can’t make them add up to […]

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