The people in China were extremely friendly and helpful, and some stand out for helping make our trip extra enjoyable. Plus, we can't thank Lonely Planet enough!
Lonely Planet - Our Bible!!
We carried the China Lonely Planet guide everywhere we went, and found it to be indispensable. The city maps, the Mandarin hotel names, street names and phrases and the recommendations for some of the out-of-the-way places really helped us get around in a country with few English signs outside of the big cities. We wouldn't take a trip like this without it!
Mr. Ren Ming - Xi'an
Mr. Ren made air, train, and hotel accommodations for us in several cities. We were able to call him on his mobile, and make arrangements after we had left Xi'an. He even negotiated with hotel clerks on our behalf when we had problems. He speaks English very well, listens well, and is very helpful. We highly recommend him.
Mr. Richard Yang - Leshan
Mr. Yang is a retired translator, and he speaks English and Russian (if the need should arise) very well. He operates Yang's Services that "...specializes in helping foreigners understand China...". He organizes a very interesting cultural tour in Leshan that presents excellent insight into everyday small-town life for a very reasonable price. Recently he has expanded his work to include:
We recommend him very highly.
Mr. Patrick Yang - Emeishan
Patrick is a young man with good knowledge of the Emeishan mountain and local area and a fair command of English. He divides his time between guiding tours and running the family farm. We enjoyed meeting him very much and felt that he was very honest and trustworthy.
Mr. Tang is on the staff at the Pipa Xi Hotel. He was extremely helpful in a place that had few aids for the English-speaking traveler and provided us with a lot of suggestions for visiting the many areas around Zhangjiajie, which saved us money and allowed us to make the best use of our time. He has an excellent English vocabulary and is one of the few English-speakers that we met in Zhangjiajie. We do not normally include for-profit information in our web-site, but Tang Ming sent us some information in 2005 which the reader can view at the Tang Ming page.
Jimmy was our guide for the 4 days we spent in Guilin and nearby Yangshuo. He facilitated getting tours and making local travel arrangements. He seemed to working side-deals everywhere we went, but delivered everything he promised to us.
This company is located in New York, but handled our request for bookings very quickly by fax from China. Their web-site has all of the necessary contact information.