The cities of China transform at night. It seems like they never sleep. Barbecues keep going until 4 in the morning, spectacular lightshows spring up on skylines and rivers and steaming pans of youtzes are sold everywhere.
I found myself in Liuzhou, a city hardly visited by travellers, let alone tourists. A friend that taught English was my reason of coming here. But the city, which we mainly explored at night, grasped me. Eating your steaming streetfood while wandering past a river with a typical Chinese skyline is unforgettable.
And, as happens in China, you never know what will happen. As it appears, the river of Liuzhou hosts a water- and lightshow and a movie shown upon the river. Every. Single. Night. Not that you will be able to understand the movie, but it gives a nice atmosphere to the city. The watershow made me feel like a little kid though.
On the opposite side of the movie and watershow, across the bridge, there’s a sort of magical path that leads you past and through artificial waterfalls that light up at night. It’s a favourite spot for the couples of Liuzhou, of course. The end of the path leads you to a newly build district, that, exactly how the Chinese like it, looks like an old colonial residential area. It’s quite empty and deserted and I wonder if anything will ever happen with the buildings, but it offers a nice stroll at night.
Take a bridge back to the other side of the river, because what is awaiting you here on this bridge is a marvellous view over the river, the lit up mountains and the crazy pagodas. O, yeah, and boats. Take a boat ride if you like. There’s small and intimate barbecue boats or huge party boats with crazy circus lights and music. Take your pick.
After all this nightly strolling through the city (seriously, you can keep yourself busy all night) there is naturally no other option than to go for some more streetfood with your newly made Chinese gangster-friends (in their own words). This Chinese hotpot style fish was seriously awesome, definitely the best Chinese food I ate. So, if you’re a nightowl, head to Liuzhou.