This week we’re pleased to announce that we’ve been nominated for Virtuoso’s Sustainable Tourism Leadership Award. Virtuoso is a leading consortium of the world’s top travel agents and this award honors destination partners who are outstanding in their mission to create sustainable travel experiences. This is the second Virtuoso Award we have been nominated for this year. The first, Destination […]
How Wild is WildChina?
What do we really mean by wild? Here’s what the Oxford English Dictionary says:
(Place) uninhabited; inhospitable
Yes, we go beyond the tourist circuit, but equally we love dining in world-class restaurants and drifting to sleep beneath Egyptian cotton sheets.
(People) not civilized; primitive
We help you see more closely: the monk texting friends between prayers, the Guilin rice farmer selling honey online. You’ll rethink what civilized truly means.
Lacking discipline or restraint
Most travel companies stick to the same itinerary – we build in flexibility for those wild and wonderful moments that make travel in China so special.
Very enthusiastic or excited
Absolutely! The passion of our guides is contagious, whether it’s Lao Wang sharing the secrets of taichi or explorer Jeff Fuchs on his favorite tea.
Take a walk on the Wild side
MEET OUR TEAM
Mei Zhang is the founder and CEO of WildChina. Under her leadership, WildChina flourished from a small Hutong operation into an award-winning business. Mei's own expertise has led her to win a number of personal awards, including Travel and Leisure "A-List of Top Travel Advisors", Conde Nast Traveler "Top Travel Specialist", and Wendy Perrin's "#WOW List of Travel Experts".
Christine has been with WildChina since 2007. She originally hails from Inner Mongolia, where she majored in Foreign Trade English at Inner Mongolia Poly Technic University. Her passion is photography, and she especially loves capturing the ethnic minorities of Yunnan.
Canadian born Jeff Fuchs is an award-winning explorer, mountaineer, writer and tea expert. He is fluent in both Mandarin and Tibetan and was the first Westerner to trek the entire Yunnan-Tibet Ancient Tea and Horse Road. Jeff's book, The Ancient Tea Horse Road, chronicles his 8 month journey and his beautiful photographs and captivating stories have been featured in award-winning publications worldwide.
Jenny is the Director of Leisure for US, Canada & Australia. During her ten years at WildChina, she's had the opportunity to travel to many wonderful places and test out WildChina experiences including trekking through ethnic minority villages in remote Yunnan, making a pilgrimage to the Everest Base Camp, and dancing with a Uighur family on our Silk Road journey. Her interests include music, swimming, and traveling, of course.
A native of Yunnan province, Mei Zhang is Beshan WildChina's CEO as well as travel expert. A Harvard Business School graduate, Mei published her first book, Travels through Dali with a leg of ham. The book is a beautifully illustrated chronicle of her return to her roots in search of the region's unique traditions, culture and cuisine.
A Uighur native of Kashgar, Abdul graduated from Xinjiang University with a degree in Uighur Literature. He began working as a professional tour guide in 1990 and is extremely knowledgeable about the Islamic history of Central Asia.
A graduate of English from Beijing International Studies University, Angela came to WildChina in 2012 with international travel industry experience. A Beijing native, outside of work she loves strolling through the hutong alleys of old Beijing.
Dvir Bargal is WildChina's Expert on Jewish History in China who leads tours through Shanghai's historic Jewish quarter. Dvir Bargal is a long time resident of Shanghai, and a celebrated journalist and documentary filmmaker. His past professional works include documentaries depicting places as far ranging as the Silk Road to the coastline of Israel. In addition, Dvir also regularly submits articles to both international and China-based lifestyle magazines including Masa Archer, Globes, City Weekend, That's Shanghai, Voyage, Oriental Art and Traveler. Dvir is originally a native of Israel and received his degree at Tel Aviv University.
Emma is the Senior Marketing Manager at WildChina. A graduate of the University of London, Emma's passion for travel brought her to China. After studying Chinese Language and falling in love with the country, Emma joined WildChina's marketing team in 2015.
We're not afraid to Dream Big
We've earned our Stripes
5 StarPeninsula Beijing
The Peninsula Beijing combines modern luxury accommodation with traditional Chinese aesthetics.
5 starWaldorf Astoria Beijing
Rich Chinese tradition and modern affluence flawlessly combine at the historic, luxury Waldorf Astoria Beijing located right in the heart of Wangfujing.
CHINA HANDS SAY
John is an author and former correspondent for the Washington Post.
"I've hiked with WildChina to a Tibetan mountain community that practiced Catholicism not Buddhism. It was an incredible trip - hearing hymns in a hillside church, speaking French with a Tibetan preacher - and just the kind of unique experience that WildChina is famed for. I was so impressed that I married the founder!"
Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society in New York. He is a former professor and Dean at the University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. Schell is the author of fifteen books, ten of them about China, and a contributor to numerous edited volumes.
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Our Travelers Say
V.S., Jul 2015
I will never travel in China again without WildChina. I have been to 10 provinces and had 15+ guides in China, and this was by far the best experience possible. It was 5 stars, absolutely wonderful, so awesome.
G.B., Jul 2015
Michael, Song Bin and the local guide, Miller were all fantastic. They had everything sorted and planned down in detail and it was nice that everything ran smoothly. What a wonderful traditional town Pingyao was – I am looking forward to going back again. Thanks again and my compliments to your team at WildChina.
R.B., May 2015
We toured China for 24 days with WildChina in April 2015. It was a memorial experience to say the least, one we thoroughly enjoyed. We visited Shanghai, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Lhasa, Xi'an, Guilin, and finally Beijing for 3 full days. We spent time walking the streets and climbing the steps to see everything possible up close; no drive-by touring here. We had one problem with a hotel in Lhasa and Jenny our WildChina contact moved us to a another hotel within an hour of our "after hours" phone call for help. You can't beat that. WildChina has our unqualified recommendation for touring China.
Experience China Differently
The Road We've Traveled
WildChina was born on the sacred slopes of Mount Kailash in the Himalayas. Founder Mei Zhang, Yunnan native and Harvard MBA, had just completed the arduous kora pilgrimage, a ritual circuit around the base of the Tibetan mountain undertaken by Buddhists and Hindus for millennia.
To put it mildly, her grueling 56km hike was no walk in the park, even for a Mandarin speaker and relative local. On top of having no guide, lodgings or transport, and having to cope with being 4,500 meters above sea level, Mei was forced to fend off wild dogs along the way. Frightened and frustrated with the obstacles that tarnished an otherwise magical and spiritual journey, Mei had a revelation. She would pioneer a travel service to enable visitors to savor China’s stunning, often difficult to reach gems in a comfortable, stylish and stress-free way.
Hello WorldPropped up a sign saying: “WildChina in business.” Our first ever trip? Hiking in Yunnan province. We appear in the Wall Street Journal and CNN and our inbox fills up. Clearly, China is ready for us!
Student InvasionWe take 200 children from the International School of Beijing to discover the cradle of Chinese civilization in Henan province. This sets in motion our commitment to do education travel differently.
Pandas and concubines
Pandas and concubinesWe launch our corporate events with a bang, serving 150 global partners of a major consulting firm. Meticulous planning includes formal meetings in Beijing’s exclusive Diaoyutai State Guesthouse and racing around the capital dressed as pandas and concubines. As you do.
All glamped up
All glamped upWe pioneer eco-friendly glamping (glamorous camping) on the Tibetan plateau during the annual horse festival: solar-powered tents, queen beds, and a private chef! Meanwhile, on the other side of the world we are featured in a Harvard Business School case study.
The red carpet
The red carpetNational Geographic Adventure names us one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”, while founder Mei Zhang is awarded “A-List Travel Agent” by Travel + Leisure. Celebration time!
Calling all explorers
Calling all explorersWe launch our annual WildChina Explorer Grant which now receives hundreds of applications from young adventurers around the world keen to make a difference.
China’s travel expert
China’s travel expertWildChina founder Mei is the only native China expert named by Condé Nast Traveler in their list of world’s top travel specialists. (An accolade she’s maintained every year since.)
The family grows
The family growsOur sister brand 碧山 (Beshan) launches, to help Chinese travelers take on the world in first-class style. Meanwhile, our team of office staff and guides grows to 250 strong.
The “in” crowd
The “in” crowdWe are named one of the “Most Innovative Companies” of 2014 by Fast Company, alongside Google, Netflix, and Twitter! (Founder Mei Zhang has also retained her Travel + Leisure A-List status every year since 2009).
You’re invitedWe turn 15! Cue setting off of firecrackers and burning of incense. (Hopefully this won’t worsen Beijing’s pollution.)
Since WildChina’s first ever trip in the year 2000, we have helped thousands of travelers have life-changing experiences in every corner of this vast and endlessly inspiring nation.
We will never crop out reality or cocoon our customers in a tourist bubble because we believe genuine and profound travel experiences disarm you when you least expect them, whether it’s that first sip of early harvest green tea under a spring sun, or the hushed flicker of yak butter candles in a Tibetan monastery
We believe in the power of travel to transform, to inspire and to bring people closer together, and we work tirelessly to perfect every detail for our customers. It’s this dedication, expertise and passion for travel in China that makes us an award-winning industry leader.
Our journey continues to unfold, Where Will Yours Take You?
Our Journeycontinues to unfold,
Where Will Yours Take You?
WE'VE BEEN IN THE NEWS LATELY
June 23, 2017
June 21, 2017
Every year WildChina offers a USD$5000 travel grant to an adventurer looking to Explore China Differently. For 2017, environmental photographer and writer, Kyle Obermann, was named the winner. Kyle will be using the WildChina Explorer Grant to travel into the beautiful but little-known Hengduan Mountain Range and document the region’s grassroots conservation efforts. — This week, […]
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