"Travel in China with a native-English-speaking expert on SW China"
Coming to China for the first time?
Or want to explore the most interesting part of the Middle Kingdom: south-west China?
Are you are the kind of person that wouldn't normally go on a tour, but realise that because you can't speak any Chinese, having a guide will help you get the most out of your trip to China?
As a professional tour guide living and working in China, I am here to ensure you have the best experience of your life.
South-west China is the most diverse region on earth, with dozens of ethnic minorities, stunning landscape from tropical jungles to high snow capped mountains.
I want to share this part of the world with you in a safe, comfortable, informative and fun way.
I can take you from Hong Kong, to the karst landscape of Guilin, the rice terraces of Guangxi, and the minority areas of Guizhou, and then onto Yunnan and Sichuan provinces and the eastern Tibetan borderlands.
Lijiang Guides provides a comprehensive service, including trip planning, transport, accommodation etc - for your peace of mind.
Whether you want to witness the amazing lives of ethnic minorities before they disappear, or trek in the mountains to be closer to Nature, contact me to plan your adventure.
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Reviews of Lijiang Guides
we have Keith to thanks for quite a wonderful day in lijiang - in fact the highlight of our trip in china was the full day spent with him
he took us to some villages around lijiang and then hiking between villages and into the hills - and it was just amazing
we liked the relationship he has with locals and how he brings us into his and their world - as a result we met some lovely people and also shared good times with local naxi people - the first time in our trip we felt we really broke trough the cultural and language barriers
keith has a very personable approach, he knows a great deal about the place and its people, and he plans everything to deliver more than we expected
We engaged Keith for a trip around Kunming. He was very professional and clear during the planning phase. Unfortunately, one of his guides had an accident right before the trip and he had to cancel. He went the extra mile and set us up with another guide in Kunming, who took very good care of us.
We engaged Keith at Lijiang Guides for a trip around Lijiang old town and out to some villages, and were very happy with his service. He is a real professional, and shows a genuine concern for his guests, to make sure they are comfortable and get what they want.
Lijiang Guides's Content
Yes, you can take your laptop to China.
Most hotels and some cafes have free wi-fi, but it might be password protected.
Make sure you have a power adaptor, though most sockets in China accommodate various plugs.
Address:Lijiang Old Town
Price:80 yuan entry preservation fee
Lijiang Old Town, a 700-year old town nestled at the base of Lion Hill
So you come to China, maybe for pleasure, but also for work. And you want to take advantage of the lower prices, and possibly export back to your own country.
First, try to find good sources of products. Sites like Alibaba or TradeKey can help with listings.
Second, approach some manufacturers or suppliers. Often they will have someone who speaks English.
Skype is a good way to keep in touch with loved ones back home while traveling in China.
But you might not be able to find an internet cafe that will take foreigners, so try a cafe with a computer, or use wi-fi at your hotel or a cafe.
You might have to change the language settings on a Chinese computer to be able to use Skype.
Synotrip is a great site, and it makes it easy to find guides across all of China.
But, how is the best way to use the site?
For starters, here are some tips of how NOT to use the site:
don't send out emails to every single guide listed for the cities or areas you are visiting;
Internet is widely available through out China, but there are some things to note:
some sites are blocked or restricted, such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter
most internet cafes won't allow foreigners to use, unless they have a Chinese ID card
We often take guests into Tibetan areas, staying sometimes with Tibetan families.
For many, its a highlight of their trip.
There are a few pointers:
don't point with your fingers at anything;
don't take photos of religious shrines
don't take photos of people without first asking
It's easy to take your phone to China.
Most mobile phones can roam, or better still. Get yourself a Chinese SIM card.
Cards cost as little as 50 yuan - around US7 - but check to see what rate is charged, if it can be used nationwide, etc, as some cards charge a high flat rate for any call whether to your nearest hotel or a tour operator in the wild west.
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