Falling in love for the first time

Before we fell in love with the house, there was just Ed and Selina. Before we got to Wuyuan, to Jiangxi province, to old houses, government offices, architects and baijiu-fuelled lunches… it was just us. And for us, this is the story of our life as much as it is a business plan.

Ed and Selina

Like all the best love stories, Ed and Selina met over a desk in the office of a market research consultancy in Shanghai. After a few drinks in the bar, you might even get to find out who was who’s boss… much more fun though is trying to figure out who is who’s boss now. A few nudges and winks into our working relationship, we went on a date. There is no finer place than Shanghai for romance – the river winding past the bund, the fast pace, colonial grandeur, food and cocktail bars all scream it, albeit with come to bed eyes. Come 2014, we were sharing a renovated old lane house together. Boxing day 2015, Ed proposed on Budleigh beach, (Devon, UK) and we were ready to start a life together.

What brought us here

Ed’s plan had always been to push further into deeper, darker China after a few years in cosmopolitan Shanghai. Selina’s had always been to live closer to her family (Jiangxi natives). We spent 2015-2016 in Nanchang doing just that: Ed learned mandarin at the local university and Selina helped her parents with the family business. With a return to the big smoke beckoning at the end of the year, we enjoyed a few holidays in the area, which brought us to Wuyuan – where a 300 year old wreck swept us off our feet. Having rented previously, this will be our first owned home. I can say that for the same money, rightmove.com tells me we could nearly get a studio bedsit in the outer reaches of zone 6 South East London. Its a hell of a starter home, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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