My husband, I and our two good friends, all in our early 60's, just returned from Yangshuo. While we were there we booked two days with Jack Zhou, from Jack's Private Tours. We had wanted to go to the rice terraces and minority villages and go to the less touristy area of Tiantou village. We wanted to stay overnight to see the sunrise the next morning. Then we wanted to be taken back to the start of the bamboo raft Li River cruise and picked up where it ends and taken to our hotel in Yangshuo. I had emailed several guides in anticipation of our upcoming trip to the Guilin area. I have planned a LOT of trips, and I can seriously say, that Jack is hands down the best communicator, regardless of English as a second language, through email that I have ever experienced! He was incredibly prompt (I don't know when he finds the time while is guiding everybody). He has a way of being very direct, breaking down your exact questions and answering each and every part of your question. He is very clear. He gives you clear and precise options. I had a general idea of what I wanted to do in the area. Jack listened to my itinerary, and made a few suggestions to enhance it. At first when he quoted me a fee (which was also broken down precisely) for the two days we would spend with him, I thought it was a bit high. Then I reviewed the costs as they were broken down, I realized that many of the things I would be paying him for, I would have had to pay it myself anyway, ie: car rental, driver, gas, accommodations for the night, entrance fee to the rice terraces, and the fee for the Li River Cruise. Once I realized this, I realized that the fee was really quite reasonable. He carried through on every aspect of the plan we had set. He even had an alternate plan in case of rain .. which thank goodness we didn't need.
Jack was so fun. We really enjoyed him. He is a great photographer. We are not profesional or even ameratur photographers, but it was very nice having his input about taking a great shot form here or there. I would hire Jack again in a heart beat. He and his driver were both great! You can't go wrong with Jack! http://www.yangshuoprivatetours.com/ emial= firstname.lastname@example.orgEdited: 17 May 2014, 04:28