In 2015, the Global Heritage Fund and Beijing-based ATLAS Design Studio joined forces on a mission to preserve the ancient craft of indigo dyeing in the remote village of Dali, Guizhou. WildChina travelers often visit Dali Village (not to be confused with Dali, Yunnan) on their customized Guizhou journeys and recently we had the pleasure of speaking with Catherine McMahon […]
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
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.
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.
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".
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.
Emma is the Deputy Director of Marketing at WildChina. A graduate of the University of London, Emma's passion for travel brought her to China. After studying Mandarin and falling in love with the country, Emma joined WildChina's marketing team in 2015.
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.
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.
Joe moved to Beijing from his native province of Heilongjiang in 1999 to attend university. After graduating with a degree in Tourism Management, he began his career as a tour guide in 2003 and enjoys the challenge of helping visitors get intimately acquainted with China.
A native of Yunnan province, Mei Zhang is WildChina's Founder and the ultimate China expert. Mei has a particular passion for connecting with local people through their cuisine and in 2016 wrote 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.
We're not afraid to Dream Big
We've earned our Stripes
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
Max Piccinini, Award-Winning Life Coach, Oct 2017
WildChina is such a high level agency. We had such a blast for 30 days, and we had very specific detail. Every time they listened and did their very best to serve us and help us get the best experience. WildChina has such a high level of flexibility, and the guides a simply amazing. Without them, the experience would have been such a pain. We strongly recommend WildChina if you want to save time, frustration and experience the very best of China. Read on TripAdvisor
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.
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
March 12, 2018
February 28, 2018
China Railway has announced that a brand new high-speed train line traversing Yunnan Province is set to begin operation in July 2018. Forget jumping on a 1-hour flight from Kunming to Lijiang or riding the 6-hour-long train from Kunming to Dali – this new route will allow you to sit back and experience Yunnan’s idyllic countryside from the comfort of a train traveling at […]
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