TravelLocal's partner created a great itinerary and were very helpful. The tour organiser herself even showed up to great us in Guilin. Almost all of the guides were very knowledgeable and all were very service-minded. The guide on the last days even made an effort to further refine the itinerary based on what he had learned of our tastes from the guides from the previous days. This made them take us off the beaten track and show us a lot more of the daily life of ordinary people than we could ever have hoped for - and furthermore give us some very good authentic dining experiences.
Everything was very well organised and went smoothly. The service was really good. All guides immediately asked us about our preferences and constantly made sure that we always knew where we were going. Particularly the guides in Guilin and Yangshuo went far and beyond to accommodate the trip to our liking.
Everything went perfect. One idea though could be to ask into our reason for choosing a tailormade guided tour. This could make a difference in the choice of guide. As an example the guide in Xi'an was a perfect "nanny" for the insecure travelers who need the comfort of being taken well care of. We normally travel independently and chose the guided tour primarily to obtain more information on the historical sites and to get off the beaten path. Another guide with a deeper historical knowledge could have catered better to that wish. We did not explain this beforehand because we did not realise it as an issue. So an idea could be to ask.
Joe in Yangshuo/Long-Ji and Robert in Guilin both did amazing jobs. Zhang in Pingyao was very knowledgeable and pleasant.
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Cycling around Guilin and around Yangshuo. Observing daily life in the village of Ping'an. Pingyao was a hidden gem to us.