China: When to go, what to see and where to eat!

China: When to go, what to see and where to eat!

As you may already know if you have been following my blog for a while I have a personal interest in China even though I have never been there. Tara, who I got to know on Twitter, works for a company that organises private day trips in a number of destinations...
Shanghai part 4: Epilogue

Shanghai part 4: Epilogue

   Jessfield House When I had finished writing Part 3 of my family’s story in Shanghai I printed it off and popped it in the post addressed to Jessfield House. I thought the present owners might like to know that their house in England was...

China (1927 – 1938)

A collection of photographs taken by my grandfather, Frank Burrington, between 1927 and 1938 in China plus places they visited during that period. Swimming at the Country Club, Shanghai 1930s Shanghai The story of my grandmother who at 23 travelled to China to marry...
Shanghai Part 2: An exciting new life!

Shanghai Part 2: An exciting new life!

My grandparents married in Hong Kong in 1927 (which was a British colony until 1997) and then continued the journey together to Shanghai. In some ways it was very much like a European city with many buildings such as the houses, schools and churches, all built in...
Shanghai Part 1: The Perfect Grandmother

Shanghai Part 1: The Perfect Grandmother

In 1927 my Grandmother, aged just 22 years old, boarded a boat to China following the man she loved, an English school teacher working in Shanghai. They married and two years later my father was born. This is the first part of a fascinating, if sometimes harrowing...