My husband and I just enjoyed a two-week trip (business and pleasure) guided by Wild China. I am a seasoned international traveler but had never been to China before. I was wary of how to navigate the country's language, culture, customs and strict travel requirements for foreigners. Putting ourselves in the hands of Wild China (Jenny Zhao in particular) was definitely the right decision.
What a beautiful country! And we could never have appreciated it in such a comfortable and relaxed fashion like we did without the help of Wild China. Their attention to detail during the pre-planning put my mind at ease and allowed us to get very specific about what we wanted to do with the time we had.
Their knowledge of the different parts of China we wanted to go (Beijing, Guangxi Province, Shanghai) helped us create a very customized and unique experience suited to our individual tastes. Particularly picking the right hotels for our taste and budget, and suggesting local, authentic experiences to bring the culture to life in each place. For example, Wild China arranged for me to have a private Tai Chi lesson one day and a cooking lesson on another day -- just a few examples of the ways they help make your trip memorable (and things I probably would have had a hard time arranging on my own).
One of the best parts was the guides (Raymond in Beijing, Gao in Guangxi Province and Stacey in Shanghai) and drivers on the ground Wild China arranges for you. They meet you at the arrival gate of your airport and take you door-to-door from then on. They navigate every part of the logistical experience for you (or as much/little as you want). We also truly enjoyed spending time with all of our guides and drivers. They were friendly, knowledgeable, flexible -- and no matter what happened or what request we had, they all said the same thing "No worries!" They took care of anything and everything that popped up. This allowed us to relax and truly enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Since I am typically the family's "travel agent/guide" on all our trips, this was something I appreciated so much.
Be aware you need to have enough cash to tip your drivers and guides. Wild China explains this to you in advance, so factor this in to how much money you need to exchange (although you can tip in US dollars if needed, too).
I highly recommend Wild China. We intend to use them on our return trip to this remarkable country.
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