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A Bite of China Cookbooks

I recently picked up two books of recipes from the Bite of China television series. The first  was published in August 2013 and is by Chen Zhitian (陈志田). It is only available in Chinese (so far). There are a number of books related to the television series but this is the only one which seems to be […]

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Dinner is Served – Bite of China 2

I announced way back in December that the second series of the stunning ‘A Bite of China’ would be broadcast by CCTV over the Spring Festival. That is what they said. It didn’t happen. I don’t know why. However, the first episode, ‘Steps’ was finally broadcast on Friday night (18th April) and it was as good […]

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A Bite of China 2

China Central Television (CCTV) has announced that it will be airing the new, 7 part, A Bite of China Series 2 (舌尖上的中国2) nationally during the upcoming Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) which begins on January 31st, 2014. Titles of the episodes are Seasons, Steps, Heart, Family Life, Secrets, Meetings, and Three Meals. For fans of […]

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Square Wheels

Liuzhou’s delayed bike rental scheme is moving closer. It is now set to begin next month. Over the last few days, they have installed an automatic pick-up and payment point in Liuzhou People’s Square. Pricing is here. Here is a video from local television.

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Cinema News

One of the more surprising developments in recent weeks has been the opening of this building on San Zhong Road 三中路. A new apartment block is nothing unusual. They pop up like weeds all over the city (the country). But this one, newly built beside the gate of the government workers residential enclave, also features a […]

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A Bite of China – Series 2

China Central Television have announced that a second series of the hugely popular A Bite of China (舌尖上的中国) is in production and will be broadcast in early 2014. In the meantime all seven episodes of the first series is available to watch with English, French or Spanish narration, here.

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Liuzhou Style

I guess people may be a bit overloaded by what is now officially the most watched video ever on YouTube (which means the most watched video anywhere. 882,241,729 views a few minutes ago) I refer of course to Korean sensation, Psy’s “Gangnam Style“, known in Chinese as “江南 style” I thought it was funny the […]

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Friday Food 36 – Bamboo Shoots (A Bite of Liuzhou)

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This time round it’s bamboo shoots. Most bamboo shoots (竹笋) found in the west are canned or bottled, but Liuzhou is famous for its fresh bamboo shoots. So much so that it was featured […]

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A Bite of China

Over the last few weeks, Chinese television has broken with tradition and accidentally broadcast  something actually worth watching. 舌尖上的中国 or ‘A Bite of China’ is a seven part series of spectacular food porn and has been hugely successful. Episode 1 even includes Liuzhou and 螺蛳粉, along with some other local dishes! Rather childishly, some Nanning […]

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The Rice Paddy

In the far north of Liuzhou prefecture lies Sanjiang county. Sanjiang town itself is of little interest, but the surrounding countryside, with its ethnic minority villages attracts many visitors. The area is predominantly inhabited by the Dong ethnic minority whose “wind and rain” bridges and their drum towers are well known, especially the bridge at […]

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