At WildChina Education, many of our experiential learning programs revolve around nature – whether that is environmental service, wilderness survival, kayaking down rivers, or hikes and bike rides through beautiful landscapes. However, we don’t just deliver learning to students; we consider ourselves lifelong learners as well. Our team members come with talents and achievements across many fields. Today, […]
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.
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MEET OUR TEAM
Born in Xinjiang and raised in Beijing, Agnes has a longtime passion for travel. Her wanderlust led her to backpacking throughout university and then saw her road tripping across Australia during her gap year. She later returned to China to open a hot pot restaurant in her hometown before ultimately deciding to turn her love of travel into a career and joining WildChina.
Albert is a co-founder and executive director of WildChina, where he focuses on driving innovation from an experience and technological perspective. Albert has over twenty years of experience growing and operating businesses. A native of Hong Kong, Albert received his MBA from INSEAD and BA from Columbia University.
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.
Diana Chan Chieng
Diana Chan Chieng is known worldwide as an Architecture Expert, both in traditional and contemporary Chinese architecture. Diana hosted the first Chinese contemporary architecture exhibition in Paris and has served as a consultant for various, prestigious institutions in Beijing.
WildChina's Jewish Expert, Dvir Bargal is a long-time Shanghai resident as well as a celebrated journalist and documentary filmmaker. Dedicating much of his life to rediscovering Shanghai's Jewish history, his articles and documentaries depict Judaism from the Silk Road to the Middle East.
Emma is WildChina's Head of Strategy. After graduate of the University of London, Emma's passion for adventure brought her to China. After studying Mandarin and falling in love with the country, Emma joined WildChina's marketing team in 2015 and now oversees WildChina's strategy.
Born in Shanghai, Florence is an expert on Shanghai history and is always up-to-date with current events in the city. A graduate of the prestigious East China Normal University graduate, Florence has outstanding management skills and excellent English.
Georgia Freedman is an American writer and recipe developer. Her culinary and travel insights have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Afar, Martha Stewart Living, and the award-winning food magazine Saveur, where she was previously the Managing Editor. She first became enamored with Yunnan's diverse minority groups and their unique culinary cultures while traveling the region in 2000 and has returned regularly ever since to continue her exploration of China's foodways. Freedman is the author of the recently published Cooking South of the Clouds: Recipes and Stories from China's Yunnan Province (Kyle Books, 2018).
Huang was born into a Zhuang family in Southeastern Yunnan. However, after living in Lijiang for seven years, he now considers himself part Naxi. With almost a decade of experience, Huang has coordinated and led groups through numerous regions of China, ranging from the ancient town of Lijiang to the wild and untamed region of Tibet.
Jenny is WildChina's Deputy General Manager. 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.
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's A-List of Top Travel Advisors, Condé Nast Traveler's Top Travel Specialist, and Wendy Perrin's #WOW List of Travel Experts. Mei is an Aspen Institute China Fellow and currently serves as a member of Harvard Business School's Alumni Board.
Neil Schmid is the Scholar-in-Residence at the Dunhuang Academy, and he is one of the world's leading authorities on medieval Buddhism's visual culture. He studied Chinese and East Asian Studies at Georgetown University, Waseda University in Tokyo, L'Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris, and finally earned a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.
Nyima has the privilege of working in one of the most beautiful, remote places on Earth. Born in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, Nyima has decade's worth of experience leading groups in and around Tibet's astonishing scenery.
Since entering the industry, Sonam has traveled extensively throughout Tibet, learning more about his home province than he could have hoped. He especially loves the personal interaction with clients, and the fulfilling feeling of knowing his group is completely satisfied with their experience.
A chef and award-winning author from England, Fuchsia Dunlop became an expert in Sichuanese food after living in Chengdu and becoming the first foreigner to graduate from the prestigious Sichuan Institute of Higher Cuisine. The Cambridge graduate has written for numerous publications and has published a number of books about her specialization in Chinese cuisine. Fuchsia's latest book 'The Food of Sichuan' is out now.
Jeff Fuchs is an explorer, author, and tea expert who was recently voted one of Canada's 'Greatest Explorers' by the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. Fuchs was the first documented westerner to have travelled the legendary Tea Horse Road, the nomadic Route of Salt 'Tsa-Lam', and the 'Hor-Lam', the Route of Pashmina through Ladakh. He has led or been a part of over 30 expeditions in the Himalayas, chronicling both the fading oral narratives and the declining 'Himalayan Water Towers', the glaciers. Fuchs is the author of The Ancient Tea Horse Road, a chronicle of his journey along the Himalayan trade route and he's the inspiration for, and host of, the recent award-winning documentary 'The Tea Explorer'.
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Our Travelers Say
Chris S, Sep 2019
I don't use tour groups often, but have certainly gotten guides on the ground (have used very successful apps also). I've not dealt with a group with a higher level of professionalism, of-service. Not even close.
My first two guides were also world class. Fred and Jerry were open and candid, clearly knew their stuff, but always sized me up on what was interesting to me and tailored our activities with great flexibility but also how they engaged me.
Pam S., Jul 2019
We traveled in May on a culinary tour with WildChina led by cookbook author, Fuchsia Dunlop. This trip of a lifetime opened our minds to a completely different and amazing culture. We learned so much and loved every minute of this great trip with our wonderful group of eleven strangers who parted as friends.
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Paul H, May 2019
With little more than a phone number, our Guangzhou guide managed to locate my wife's distant cousins and locate the homes where her grandparents lived 100 years ago -- and arranged a reunion lunch she'll never forget.
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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?
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