Touring with Catherine was an excellent experience, from start to finish. She worked with us from the very early planning of our journey to the very end, arranging two and a half days of touring, an airport pickup, and advice and contacts for guides Xi’an. Catherine’s knowledge of Chinese history and culture is thorough and she is happy to give you as much or as little information and insight as you please. We travelled to all the major sites with her (Tiannamen Square, the Forbidden City, Hutongs, Parks…) and got a real taste for normal Beijing life by visiting non-tourist restaurants and riding the bus. Catherine is very flexible and is willing to tailor everything to her clients’ needs, and is willing to adjust a tour on the fly. She can structure a day for you if you aren’t sure what to do, or she can follow a plan you have already made.
Given the high quality of her tours, Catherine isn’t always available; however she does have a network of guides and drivers and can usually accommodate you. We added an extra day to our tours and Catherine arranged a great day for us with her colleague Joey, who took us through the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven.
Professionally speaking, Catherine provides detailed invoices for costs and expenses and will met you at your hotel (or another meeting point of your choice) precisely on time, if not early. She can arrange train, excursion, and arts/theatre tickets for you. Everything is 100% transparent.
Catherine is well known and respected amongst guides in Beijing. Book early to avoid disappointment!