Tom Zhang was a fantastic tour guide, he made the trip come life with the narrative, was very accommodating and flexible and did a great job all around. He was very knowledgeable about not only the town of Zhujiajiao, its sites, history, and cultural customs, but he was also very knowledgeable about China's history overall. I thought that the Zhujianjiao Water city was a very nice town to see, with a rich history that gives you a sense of what it might have been like to live there over the centuries. I had a special request to go to the silk museum tour in Shanghai and even thought this was not part of the regular tour, he accommodated me. Very nice day.
Tom, our guide, arrived promptly at our hotel lobby at our agreed time.
He drove us in a clean, air conditioned van to Zhujiajiao water town. Tom is very knowledgeable and presents information that makes the tour very interesting and educational. Without a guide it would be difficult to fully appreciate the history and culture of the town. Tom provided a private tour for our group of 3. I believe that the fee for this tour was very reasonable. Tom provided a 5 star service.
After my wife and I did this, we realized everything we thought China was, was wrong. I honestly didn't know what to expect. My wife and I had never been to China, and since I didn't have a phone that worked in China, I was ready for the logistics to fall through and lose all my money. Tom, our tour guide, showed up 10 minutes before our agreed time, walked right up to us in our hotel lobby and said our names in clear english. That was a relief. He then took us here where we were blown away at this little town. With him, you get a truly authentic China experience. We asked him a hundred questions about the city, China, what its like there, etc. He entertained all of our questions and the tour was so much more than we expected. We rode on one of the little river boats, walked along the market streets, had some delicious local food, saw some local gardens, bought some souvenirs, and said hello to some local pets! He took us through the gardens there and was full of insights into China's history. It was the smartest move we could have made to fill the time in our 24 hour layover. Oh yes and he dropped us off to ride the mag-lev train back to the airport like we asked. He's the perfect guide and very informative!
We took this tour on a rainy Monday October 16. The tour guide David Wang who was wonderful, was right on timewe arranged to do the tour at 9am even though it says 10am when you go to book it and he was extremely informative. Even though it was raining hard we still got to take the boat ride before they shut it down. It takes an hour approximately from Shanghai on the bund area to Zhujiajiao. The most interesting part of the village was the gardens. On the way back he dropped each one of in our party where they wanted to go as we still had time to take in another interesting historic sight.
Tom was absolutely delightful. From the moment we left our hotel, the flow of information, history and experience began - we all appreciated Tom's insight and easy going manner as we took in the drive to Zhujiajiao and experienced the ancient town. Each new experience brings with it a new challenge when traveling in a new place, so having Tom in charge and leading the way was so refreshing. I highly recommend it!