Our Travel Agents
Peter Danford 谭运海
General Manager / Owner
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Founder of The China Guide, Peter has a bachelor's degree in "Computer Science" from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and a master's in East Asian Studies/Chinese Language from the University of Minnesota. Throughout the 1980's and 90's, he has worked for Xerox in the USA, Sun Microsystems in Australia and Chinadotcom in Hong Kong. Peter has traveled throughout Asia for over 20 years. As a father of four young children, he is an expert in family travel. As a professional photographer Peter won the Grand Prize in the Beijing Tourism Administration's 2006 photo contest with a photo of the Olympic Swim Cube. His photography portfolio may be seen at www.peterdanford.com. Peter is also a member of the Beijing Rotary Club.
Anna Wang 王晓明
Tour Operations and Financial Manager
Hometown: Harbin, China
Anna studied English and accounting at Heilongzhong University. Anna manages all our travel agents, tour operations and handles all matters of finance. It is her management skills which keep our operations ticking along smoothly.
Business Development Manager
Hometown: Chicago, USA
Michelle studied International Affairs and Chinese Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. She came to China in 2008 to study and now works as the Assistant Manager at The China Guide. Michelle handles many jobs including advising the agents on itineraries, marketing, public relations and business development.
Francine Zeng 曾小艳
Hometown: Hunan Province
Francine works closely with clients to help them create custom itineraries for their China adventures. Francine has a bachelor's degree in Tourism from Xi'an International Studies University.
Yan Ban 班妍
Hometown: Xining, Qinghai Province
Yan studied Engineering Management at the Central University of Finance and Economics which led to a career in tourism. Yan organizes show tickets in Beijing, Camp at the Great Wall tours and Beijing itineraries for our clients.
Jenny Jing 荆敏
Hometown: Xinxiang, Henan Province
Jenny studied Travel English at the Nanyang Institute of Technology. She has several years experience helping foreigners plan their travels to China. She works on custom itineraries throughout China for our clients.
Training & Quality Assurance
Hometown: Upstate New York
Jane studied nursing in the UK and motherhood through her four young children living in Beijing. Jane trains our travel agents in western style customer service and proper methods of communication. She has lived and traveled in China for the better part of a decade. Raising four young children in China has made her something of a family travel expert. She is married to Peter who owns The China Guide.
3 Days • CNY 1,280
This tour is especially designed for people passing through China and entering on the three day transit visa, which is issued on arrival to approved countries. If you are on your way around the world and passing by Beijing or Shanghai, its a great opportunity to stop in for a look. For more details on the three day visa issued at the airport see our Visa section.
1 Day • CNY 410
Hike from Jinshanling to Erqu on a partially restored and partially wild section of the Great Wall. This hike takes 2 to 5 hours depending on your speed. We suggest you take your time, enjoy the views and take lots of photographs. We can optionally do a longer hike between Jinshanling and Gubeikou. This is a 5 to 8 hour hike and is more difficult. The Gubeikou section of the wall is more wild and...
1 Day • CNY 2,950
This tour takes you from Beijing to Xi'an and back to Beijing in one long day. If you are short on time then this tour is for you. If you have more time then we recommend at least one night in Xi'an. Let us know if you would like this itinerary customized.
Beijing → Xi'an → Beijing
1 Day • CNY 240
Tour starts with walking in the former Jewish Neighborhood in Hong Kou district where nearly 20,000 Jewish refugees lived during the Second World War. Stop at Huoshan Park (former Rabin Park) where the only Jewish monument in Shanghai is located in. Visit Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum (former Ohel Moishe Synagogue), video of history of Jews in Shanghai will be shown. You may have a coffee break...
2 Days • CNY 990
This tour receives you on arrival at the Shanghai airport and transfers you to your five star hotel to rest and recover. The next day we give you a full day Shanghai tour with no commission shopping stops and then drop you off at your cruise ship to begin the next leg of your journey. If you are traveling with others and join together then the cost for this tour will be reduced. We can...
2 Days • CNY 1,245
This tour in our opinion is the best way to see Suzhou and Tongli, taking your time and spending a night in Suzhou. Your tour starts and ends at your hotel in Shanghai. On the first morning we drive to Tongli and stroll the canals, have a boat ride and optionally see the ancient Chinese Sex Museum. After lunch on the canal we will drive to Suzhou where you will visit the Lingering Garden,...
Shanghai → Water Towns → Suzhou → Shanghai
1 Day • CNY 570
This tour starts and ends its day at your cruise ship in Shanghai. We will pick you up and drop you off again. If you are traveling with others and join together then the cost for this tour will be reduced. We can customize the itinerary if you have some activities you would like to change on the second day. As with all our tours we give American style service.
1 Day • CNY 260
Beijing is one of the most exciting places in the world in terms of art. There are over 10 art districts (converted use space, many old factories or testing facilities) within the city that are brimming with some of the most thought provoking and beautiful works of art produced in the contemporary world. While many of these districts beam with eclectic glamor lined with amazing galleries and...
2 Days • Contact us
The Great Wall is one of the highlights of a trip to China and is one of the "Seven Wonders of the World". Built starting in the 7th century, the Great Wall has UNESCO World Heritage status. If you are looking to do something unique, then camp on it for a night! “When I took my friends up here to camp we could feel the history associated with this almost mystical landmark. Lying in my...
3 Days • CNY 1,450
This tour allows visitors to experience the highlights of Hangzhou. Featuring prominently in this trip is Hangzhou's West Lake, which has inspired painters and poets from all over China for centuries. Boating and cycling around the lake, as well as witnessing the spectacular Impressions West Lake show, are some of China's most magical experiences. In addition, visitors will see some of...