Traveller traces grandad's Shanghai China railway journey

29th Apr 2013

Shanghai in China is the rail holidays destination with a difference for Liz Barron as she follows in the footsteps of her late grandfather.

Barron, 61, is tracing the trek made by Leslie Pardoe with her husband Tony, 71 - 100 years to the minute after he set off there.

Unlike her ancestor, they will be taking short city breaks before joining the Trans-Siberian Railway.

The journey should take Barron 24 days, nine days slower than her grandfather - and he suffered a train derailment.

But the Barrons are stopping en route to do some sightseeing, many of the best sights being saved until last at their Chinese end point.

"Must-see" destinations include Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, home to a stunning miniature city, and Shanghai World Financial Centre, at 494.3 metres high (1,621.7ft) one of the planet's tallest skyscrapers.

The couple from Barry, south Wales, departed on their 6,000-mile journey from Wales last Saturday (April 20).

Liz's grandfather, then a 21-year-old bachelor, left Barry on the same date in 1913 to begin a new engineering career. His journey cost £10 7s 3d (just over £10.36), compared to Liz and Tony's of £25,000.

Mrs Barron's route mirrors her grandfather's trip as closely as possible - but many of the railway lines have been replaced over the last century.

They are due to arrive in Shanghai on May 14 and will see places linked with Mr Pardoe, who lived there for 27 years.

He died in 1965, leaving notes of his journey.

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