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The Welsh Have Come

Following my recent mention that the Welsh football team were to arrive in Nanning, I can now tell you that they have duly done so. These exclusive photos are from my spy in Nanning’s Wanda Hotel, where the team is staying. The team was met as usual by some of the more alluring female staff […]

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No News

南国今报, (Southern Daily News is the most popular local newspaper here in Liuzhou – much more so than the deadly dull Liuzhou Daily. But yesterday, along with every other newspaper in China, it didn’t say much about local news as it was obliged to report on Xi Jinping’s “unanimous” re-election as president of China and […]

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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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Brexit Cushion

As if Brexit wasn’t confusing enough (thanks largely to the Maybot and her staggeringly incompetent government), my local supermarket is adding to the chaos. I’ve always found Chinese students very geographically challenged. God knows what they are taught in school. I once gave some university students a blank outline map of China and asked them […]

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Fantasy Forest

An example of the bullshit which I read about Liuzhou and complained about in my last post has, in recent weeks, been floating turd-like across the media, nearly always in paid for content. In fact, the same story has been appearing and disappearing for years. According to most versions, Italian design firm Stefano Boeri Architetti […]

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Stairway to Hell

Miraculously, for the first time in living memory all four escalators on 五星街, the offshoot from the main pedestrian street, have been functional over the holiday. So you are now able to rise to the second floor in comfort when you really have an overwhelming desire to examine abandoned shops, cafés and restaurants. The place […]

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Spring Fever

While I am not complaining about the unusually warm weather we have had over the last week, there is one thing that does concern me. I was walking towards the down town area today when I spotted this lying on the side walk. I picked it up just to be sure. Yes, it’s a flower […]

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Cherry, Oh Baby!

I have been given a rather nice Christmas gift. A 1.5 kg box of cherries. Clearly marked “Product of California”. So, expensive. Available in a number of Liuzhou supermarkets and shops. Nice! I mentioned this to a couple of online contacts, who were Californian and confused. “Californian cherries in December?”  they queried. Sure enough, close […]

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Cheese Tea?

The hopeless, so-called “Italian Pizza” place which had no Italian pizzas, as I mentioned in July, lasted even less long than the average Italian government.  It has gone – unmourned – after just two months. In its place, has arisen a branch of the chain of “royaltea” shops which seem to be all the rage. […]

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Willow Pattern

A reader sent me an email yesterday, prompting some memories and a connection between Liuzhou and my childhood which I had all but forgotten, but then it has been a long time. My correspondent, noting that Liuzhou means something like “place of the willows”, wanted to know where in town she could buy willow pattern […]

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