Jim JayUnited States
Xaq was an excellent guide who was able to answer all our questions and did a great job interpreting when we went to Kaiping to find the old family diaolou. He was friendly, informative, and went above and beyond to make sure we had the best experience we could and handled our requests well. His communication prior to our arrival in Guangzhou was excellent and essential to us having a good visit. He and his driver, Joe, were great and I would work with them again if I travel back to Guangzhou.
Maria theresa TanUnited States
we had tons of fun in a 3 hours tour with zaq. He has good english and is very polite. He has been checking in, way before we arrived in guangzhou and has been asking how we were doing. He is also very flexible and accomodated our random requests. Zaq has been helpful during shopping as well, and has been patient with us as we strolled the shopping area. We appreciate that zaq is passionate when it comes to touring his city and seems as excited to meet with us, as we are to see guangzhou.
Karen WomickHong Kong
We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Xaq, who is very proud of his city. Our day was very varied, beginning with Baiyan Park (the beautiful 'lung' of the city), the incredible library, Sun Yat-Sun memorial, Six Banyon Tree temple, finishing up with some local Cantonese Opera at a lovely park. Our lunch stop was at a local authentic Cantonese dim sum restaurant and was delicious. Although we had been to Guangzhou before, we certainly saw and learned a lot more by hiring Xaq. Highly recommend!
Thank you Xak for personalising a tour to my wishes. I loved seeing Guangzhou and I look forward to coming back again. Thank you!
Allan PeretzUnited States
Xaq was amazing. We really enjoyed our time with him. He is extremely knowledgeable, patient, and fun to be around. I'd highly recommend!
Cynthia OttUnited States
Anthony JohnsonUnited States
I've used Tours By Locals for 10 years in many countries, Xaq is one of the best, knowledgeable and most thoughtful tour guides ever. The logistics from Hong Kong to Guangzhou, the language barrier and getting through customs was challenging. He explained everything in advance making sure that I had everything I needed every step of the way. He went way out of his way and spent extra time at the Guangzhou station trying to change schedules. He customized our tour perfectly. We saw everything we wanted.
Our experience with Xaq was outstanding. All of his pre-arrival advices were accurate, he waited for us at the airport, and we saw that it was actually his pleasure to share his city's story with his clients. He does his job with conviction, dedication and professionalism. Additionally, he was very understanding with our physical form due to jet lag and assisted us with every aspect he could. Its clear that he wants everything to go smoothly.
Mary JayUnited Kingdom
Xaq was a wonderful guide - he customised my itinerary and made sure I got everywhere I wanted to visit! Lunch was amazing, too. I couldn't have asked for a better day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind compliment, we had a good day despite the raining weather, enjoy the rest of your week in Guangzhou and hope your husband has a successful and smooth business trip here.^_^.
Xaq was so knowledgeable and so accommodating! He goes into great depth on the meanings behind monuments, nature and brings history to life. Xaq also made sure the itinerary, places visited (whether sites or restaurants) are tailored to his clients' taste and interests. He was also very kind to my girls who are 9 and 12. He even contacted us after the tour to make sure that we were doing O.K. I would definitely recommend Xaq for your tour guide if you want to have the best time
Kelly ThomasUnited States
Xaq was an excellent tour guide. He was easy to understand. He tailored our tour exactly as we wanted it to be. We had great fun seeing the special sites in Guangzhou during our layover. We got held up getting our temporary visa, and he patiently waited for us. It was easy to communicate with him via text and email. I highly recommend this guide.
Carl AndersonUnited States
I loved this tour. Getting outside of Guangzhou and getting a chance to see this lovely park was a real treat for me. Xaq is a wonderful guide—this was a very well-organized tour!
Carl AndersonUnited States
I had a wonderful day with Xaq on the Local Neighborhood Tour of Guangzhou. He took me to many different kinds of places all over the city, most of which I wouldn't have found on my own. Xaq is friendly and personable, and in addition to learning about Guangzhou, I learned a lot about modern day China in our conversations, as well as about recent Chinese history. I highly recommend Xaq to anyone who wants to learn about Guangzhou.
Excellent day trip from Guangzhou. The area was very interesting and beautiful. The little boat rides around the Lake to the different islands was peaceful and we had lots to see. Easy flat walking , take a drink as a few hours. The Caves were beautiful and tranquil. The Old City Wall was also interesting. Our Guide and Driver were excellent and we enjoyed our day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your rating Russel and Shirley, enjoy the rest of your stay in Guangzhou and I wish you all the best with your family in the new year 2019.^_^.
On time pickup with excellent driver and good clean vehicle. Guide had good local knowledge and the itinerary was interesting. Good half day tour of Guangzhou.
Kelli WilkinsUnited States
Xaq was amazing and I couldn't have asked for a better tour guide!! His english was great and he was prepared and ontime. He has keep in touch since the tour and I will for sure use him again when we return to China.
Dan FeigelsonUnited States
Xaq was the quintessential tour guide, filled with interesting anecdotes about the sights and monuments of Guangzhou as well as Chinese culture in general. His English is fantastic, and he was helpful in bargaining as we shopped. Highly recommended!
Emmanuelle LebourgUnited States
Great personality, perfect and precise English and a willingness to please and do the extra step. We never feeled either rushed or lead. Great experience and highly recommend.
Shoo Lin LeeSingapore
This was our first visit to LiuXi Forest Park. Not only we enjoyed the beautiful and breathtaking forested park/lake surrounding but also gained the valuable knowledge from Xaq who explained every details in a very clear and concise manner. On our second stop in Bishuiwan Hotsprings, my wife was feeling unwell. Xaq helped to take care of her so that the rest of us could proceed with our spa enjoyment. I would like to extend my graditudes to Xaq for his excellent service rendered to us throughout the tour.
Philip MollicaUnited States
I would like to thank Xaq for being a excellent, professional tour guide. I would also like to thank Peter the driver for a calm smooth ride. Xaq's focus was on the tour and not pushing us into any tourist type shopping, thanks for that. I would recommend him to anyone coming into Guangzhou, China. Thanks also for tours by locals! Xaq is the guy you want!
Denise AbrahamNew Zealand
We travelled to Guangzhou, my very first trip to China. A private tour was booked "Urban Village Out of Beaten Path" with Xaq M. The tour was professionally organized by Xaq, being the guide, with an excellent driver to ensure safe journey. We experienced the history, culture, food and mingled amongst the people, this tour exceeded our every expectations. I highly recommend Xaq. Thank you and special thanks to your parents for the insight in Cantonese Opera. Denise, Mary, Bevan (New Zealand).
Jennifer MellorUnited Kingdom
We all thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Xaq! He is a marvellous guide; interesting, informative and amusing. Xaq took us to a wonderful restaurant for lunch and chose an excellent selection of food. He answered all our questions and advised on other sights we would enjoy. All round a 5***** guide and tour.
Very nice tour guide,very good english. Very recommended tour guide. We're 4 person , 3 of us speaks chinese and 1 speak english. So during the tour he speaks in 2 languages. Today was raining so our tour finished earlier but Xaq found another place for us to visit so it's quite nice.
Richard SuenUnited States
Xaq made us feel like invited guests to his home city. Doing a layover tour was great because we saw far more than we could if we tried it alone. We highly recommend Xaq to anyone visiting Guangzhou.
Xaq brought us around Guangzhou for his local neighbourhood tour and it really gave us insights into the city that we would have never seen by just visiting the tourist attractions. Very knowledgeable and fluent in multiple languages, made it a very interesting tour overall. Tour is also highly flexible to suit our interests and needs. If you're new to Guangzhou, Xaq is a very good choice to introduce you to the city. Hightly recommended!
It was great to get out of Guangzhou and see somewhere that not many westerners get to see. It was a great tour, fantastic sights and a very knowledgeable and friendly guide. All logistics were well arranged with a comfortable car and good driver.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Trevor, I hope to greet you again if you bring your family to visit Guangzhou. Have a smooth business trip and enjoy the rest of your stay in China! Best wishes, Xaq
Steven M.Northfield, MN, United States
The of this tour coincided with the arrival of a major typhoon. Xaq offered to cancel the tour, with a full refund, because the weather would not allow for a good experience. I had a few specific things I wanted to learn, like how to use the Guangzhou subway and public transit buses. Xaq and his driver braved the weather to come to my hotel and give me these experiences. We also had lunch at a Chinese restaurant. While there, Xaq wrote out, in Chinese, a list of dishes I should try on my own later.
Steven M.Northfield, MN, United States
This is a walking tour of a beautiful park in a city about two hours from Guangzhou. The park features both the seven crags, small "mountains" with hiking trails and a good sized lake. There are also many level walking trails. The park features many interesting activities, including guided boat rides through caves and beautiful wildlife. Xaq's knowledge of the area and culture, and willingness to adapt the tour to my interests, were excellent. Xaq's English is terrific, he's simply a good guy.
Amanda WontorUnited States
Xaq's tour was fantastic. Not only did he take us to interesting and historical landmarks of his home city, but he also shared the history of each location. He's very knowledgeable, friendly, and organized. Couldn't believe how well he timed everything! I highly recommend booking Xaq!
Allison ThomasUnited States
I highly recommend taking this tour with Xaq! The tour was so well organized right from the start. Xaq contacted us shortly after we booked to introduce himself, see what our interests were, and inform us where and when he would pick us up at the airport. He had such a great day planned for us and we enjoyed every stop. My family and I travel frequently and do a lot of tours and we were so impressed on how well this tour was executed. If you have time in Guangzhou, you should absolutely book this tour.
Benjamin (Ben) LumAustralia
Our recent trip to Guangzhou was a wonderful experience - thanks to Xaq our guide. With his good command of English he pointed out and explained the sites to us. He was patient and answered our many questions without ambiguity. He was wonderfully polite and helpful, giving us tips and advice on food, shopping and local culture. Xaq, if you are reading this, thank you from all of us. You really made our time in Guangzhou unforgettable. We'll seek you again the next time we come to Guangzhou. Regards. Ben L
Greta T.Brussels, Belgium
Excellent tour, very well prepared by Xaq, a very pleasant, attentive and informative guide. He offered insight into many aspects of Chinese culture, history and food during the whole trip. Highly recommend both the tour & the guide: 5+ stars !!
Susan WrightUnited States
Our tour of Gaungzhou was done so well. Xaq did an exceptional job. We were hold up with getting our 1 hour visa and Xaq was quick to adjust our itinerary and still made sure that so many wonderful sights were visited. He even was able to squeeze in a prompt stop at the shopping area for us. I would highly recommend this tour and would say ask for Xaq. Thank you Xaq for making our visit to Gaugzhou a memorable one! Susan Wright
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Susuan, my best regards to you and Christine !
Juliet MorrisUnited Kingdom
Xaq was an excellent tour guide, thoughtful, kind and knowledgeable. I can recommend Xaq to single travellers as a thoughtful guide who makes an effort to show you the places that will interest you. I was reassured by Xaq keeping in touch leading up to my tour and appreciated that.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Juliet, it's my pleasure to show you the night view of my city even your layover time is short, I believe you have a good impression of Guangzhou!
Xaq is highly recommended. He made the effort to get to know us even before the tour started. He's punctual, polite, friendly and knowledgeable about his city and the places he took us to. He speaks fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin so communication was excellent!
Gordon Crofoot JrUnited States
We spent a wonderful one day tour at Christmas with Xaq. Amazing young man who really knows Guangzhou and shows his city with great pride and enthusiasm. His rapid responses and knowledge made arranging this tour very simple. Great English, great communication, friendly, helpful and knows great places to eat. We will be in contact with Xaq in the future for more tours and to use his translation skills. Thank you Xaq!
Xaq is helpful and friendly.
Ana CabreraUnited States
Xaq was very calm, flexible as well as informative. He did an excellent job by accommodating the needs of my 86 year old not so mobile Mom, dealing with my relatives from this city with their suggestions and pleasing the rest of us with all the English explanations.
Jamil Abu WardehUnited Arab Emirates
Book Xaq right after you book your flight, he might even be able to recommend a hotel for you. Trust, patience, manners, flexibility and knowledge. Xaq was clear and organised from the initial email all the way to the polite farewell. I highly recommend his services in a city (and country) that has such a rich and varied tapestry of culture and business. Definitely worth the price for the ability to pack what would take a foreigner 3 days or more into 8 hours. Comes with car and driver. No time wasted.
Our tour guide Xaq was great and we enjoy our tour. Would not hesitate to recommend to other travelers.
A very well organised tour I really thank Xaq for the time he spent organising thanks again Xaq
Nikulkumar Dahyalal PatelAustralia
Xaq is very good and smart tour guide. Me and my Family enjoyed tour with Xaq @ Guangzhou. He organised very nice car as per my requirements.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Nik, I am very happy that you and your family enjoyed your stay in Guangzhou^_^
Carol JopsonNew Zealand
Xaq was a very pleasant man, with very good English. We had a great day with him. I would recommend him as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your rating Carol, I will keep up my excellent job to show my city Guangzhou to the world.
Once I had booked with Xaq, he would be in touch with me often until I departed to see if I had any special requirements or needed to update details. He arrived punctually at the hotel, well attired and with good English skills. His suggested program went smoothly with an excellent knowledge of Guangzhou and Chinese history.
This was our first visit to Guangzhou (Dad & 4 adult kids), and we were very impressed with this beautiful city. Xaq's tour was everything we wanted - sightseeing highlights, feeding peacocks, delicious street food, helpful things like taking us to a pharmacy for cold tablets and showing us how to use the metro. His English is perfect and his communication in the lead-up exemplorary (our flight was 9 hours late). His driver Joe took care of us too. Couldn't fault our day with Xaq - perfect in every way!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Robert, I hope you will recover from your illness soon, and enjoy the rest of your days in my hometown Guangzhou^_^. You are welcome to let me know if you need any help or have any other question regarding your Guangzhou trip.
Xaq responded to my queries almost on the dot and this impressed me. He was also very accommodating too and therefore the itinerary was well organized. Its never easy to plan a family trip but thankful that the trip went smoothly.
Xaq was helpful in the 2 days trips. Responsible and quick in response. Our family is happy having him who is accommodative throughout the trip.
A well mannered Young man , efficient , knowledgeable and well versed in his job . I would recommend him for local guide around guangzhou . the tour was well planned, the overall service rendered is OUTSTANDING - Above excellent .Well Done . Kept us safe with a clean transport and able to save time to move around short cuts avoiding jam . All good time saved
Tere ZacherUnited States
Our guide Xaq was very kind, knowledgeable and helpful. If you book this tour you have to get him as your guide! I will book with this site again because of him and the wonderful experience he gave us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Tere, hope we can meet again in the future^_^
Jim ConaltyUnited Kingdom
Xaq is an excellent guide with a superb knowledge of Guangzhou. He is extremely friendly and accommodating with excellent english. I requested a tour using public transport and walking rather than the usual offered by private car. Xaq meet all my needs and more packing so many experinces in my lmited time. My tour was enjoyable and informative and enabled me to experience the city as more as a local than a tourist and a pace that suited me pefertly. I highly recommend Xaq as your guide to Gaungzhou.
Xaq was most communicative which made our trip go smoothly. He kept us informed on what we needed to prepare for and what to expect so our tour was most enjoyable. No surprises. And because we were caught in holiday traffic, he helped us check in for our flight out. For first-timers in China, this was priceless. Xaq's English is impeccable and he gave us a lot of insight that enriched our knowledge of Chinese culture and enhanced our appreciation of Chinese people.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Emmy, it was an enjoyable day with you and your family. Have nice days to Shanghai and Beijing !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating Silvia, it's my pleasure to show you around my historical and beautiful city.
Thiam Cheong LumMalaysia
Xaq was extremely helpful. We only have 2 days in Guangzhou but he help us to put up an itinerary that suit us well. He speaks good English and have a very good insight of Guangzhou. We had a wonderful and enjoyable outing with him a our guide. Thanks Xaq.
Zaq was very welcoming, accommodating, and polite, and made my food experience in Guanzhou a very memorable one. He came to pick me up at the end station of another tour, and brought me home at the end of our walking food tour. He also introduced me to the metro system, which was very helpful for the remainder of my stay. His command of English is pretty good, and he is a very positive and upbeat kind of fellow! Thanks very much, Zaq!!
Hey Wan Y.Malaysia
Xaq contacted us before we left for Guangzhou and we managed to communicate on the itinerary via Whatsapp. He had planned the trip so that we could see everything. He is very good in English and was accommodating on the trip. He made many good recommendations on food and wholesale shopping. What stood out was that he continued to support any questions we had even after the tour ended. It felt like a trip with a friend.
Friendly dude, great english and he took me to nice spots. I had a nice interesting time.
Dianne BezettNew Zealand
Thank you so so much Xaq for taking us on such a brilliant tour of your beautiful city from the gorgeous gardens to the fish market. Also, for being such a gentleman and carrying our shopping!! We totally enjoyed the Cantonese Restaurant as well. We highly recommend you to anyone looking for a fantastic tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Dianne and Cheryll. It's my pleasure showing you around my beautiful city. I enjoy and cherish the one day we had being together in Guangzhou. All the best to you, cheers, Xaq.
John RogersNew Zealand
Xaq was great. My wife and I, 70 our grand daughter 11 with no Cantonese at all. Xaq's knowledge of both GZ and China was wide and sympathetic. I learnt, saw and had explained the details which makes societies so much fun. Samantha (11) wanted with a passion a hover board and with Xaq's help an excellent one was found, negotiated and aquired. I do recommend Xaq, I will use him again. John Rogers New Zealand