Born in Troubled Times—Childhood Memories
“At the age of nine, she traveled abroad with her father; in British-administered Darjeeling, they set up a restaurant. In her spare time after school, she helped to manage the restaurant methodically and entertained every customer with her excellent hospitality. For this reason, local customers were happy to go to the restaurant and were often astonished by her intelligence. Naturally active, she enjoyed playing with other children, which always annoyed her father. One day, her father happened to see her swinging and reprimanded her. She hid under her sister-in-law’s dress, which meant she escaped a beating. Her smart mind was praised by her family” (A Mission to Xikang and Tibet: A Biographical Sketch of Explorer Liu Manqing).