Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

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Another Load of Balls

Bubugao Plaza celebrated Children’s Day by building this large pit and filling it with thousands of plastic balls. Rather idiotically, they sited it right beside the main entrance to the shopping mall, effectively blocking entrance to their over-priced, under-populated stores. It took them about a week to work out why the place was even more […]

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Liuzhou Bridges – Slight Update

I do intend continuing the series on Liuzhou Bridges which I started almost two years ago. Maybe next month. In the meantime, I came across this. Someone is selling these Liuzhou Bridge prepaid postcards on Ebay. I had no idea that they existed, but then I rarely use post offices. They are selling at USD $3.50 […]

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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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Friday Food 161 – Donkey

Friday Food is an occasional article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week we are going hee-haw. Spring Festival 1998. I was in Yunnan province in a small village on the border between China and Myanmar/Burma. Strolling about the village I came across the local […]

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Fruity Update

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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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Yesterday Once More (Part 23E58)

For various reasons (mainly waiting for workmen to do emergency repairs), I was unable to get out today to pick up the local paper as I like to do most days. But no worries, it appears online in the early evening – usually. Tonight I logged in and something seemed familiar. They have posted yesterday’s […]

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Vietnam Victuals

It always surprises me how little influence Vietnam has on the local cuisine scene. I mean I can almost see the place from my window, yet I can’t buy so many Vietnamese staples. Limes, basil, lemongrass etc. Or find Vietnamese restaurants. Nanning is a little (only a little) better. So, I was kind of happy today […]

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Mayor – Lack of Openness Criticised

Although Liuzhou’s media remain silent on every aspect of the death of the city’s mayor last week, the national press have taken to their pens to criticise the lack of information being issued. They point out that the Liuzhou public are unsure if the death was an accident, suicide (to avoid corruption charges or for […]

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Mayor Rumour Denied

One of the more persistent rumours going around Liuzhou is that Mayor Xiao who drowned on Wednesday was under investigation by Guangxi Commission for Discipline Inspection. This is effectively the anti-corruption wing of the communist party. The Commission has issued a statement saying that no reports have been received regarding the mayor, nor was there any investigation […]

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