Liuzhou Laowai

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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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Italian? No. Pizza? Maybe.

A few weeks ago, I spotted this new takeaway pizza place on the city centre pedestrian street. The sign above the place proudly declares it to sell Italian Pizza. A couple of days ago, I had a closer look. Their menu lists seven pizzas. Not one of them in the slightest bit Italian. We have […]

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BBG Rip-off

 I have recently developed a liking for these snack things. Perfect with a beer or six. They come in all sorts of weird flavours. – spicy shrimp flavour, tomato flavour, pizza flavour, salad flavour, butter flavour and matcha flavour. They even have strawberry flavour and blueberry flavour. The company website also claims to have spicy […]

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Menu Misconception

I couldn’t have been paying attention. I was walking down town yesterday when somebody thrust a leaflet at me and, breaking my usual habit, I took it. I’m glad I did. I learned a lot. Here it is. And the reverse Yes, it’s for a new restaurant specialising in what passes in their fevered imaginations […]

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Mayoral Muddle

Shenanigans are afoot in the search for a new city mayor after the apparent suicide of the last one back in November 2015. It has been reported that four vice-mayors have “resigned” and one is under investigation by the party discipline committee for being involved with “a married women”, presumably not his own wife. Swearing-in […]

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Fruity Frolics

I thought it a bit odd when these fruit shops appeared in unlikely locations all over town back in the summer. They were nothing special. They just sold regular fruit, perhaps a tiny bit better quality than the supermarkets but more than a tiny bit more expensive. The regular markets still have better, fresher fruit […]

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