We enjoyed every minute of this tour. Lingtao (Michael) was so professional, friendly and knowledgeable and gave us the best experience possible, also spoke perfect English. Great time of year with fewer crowds. The lunch was amazing and delicious with no coach loads of other tourists. Also took us to Xian wall. Michael went out of his way to also give us directions on how to get to the Wild Goose Pagoda for that evening and messaged us to ensure we were ok later. Highly recommend Michael.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Maria, Mr Baberowski and Dean, Thank you so much for such an amazing review! It’s really my pleasure to be your tour guide in Xi’an and I did enjoy the time I spent with all of you! You are amazing people and to be with you made me feel like to stay with my own family! I do hope that I can see you again in future! Please feel free to let me know if there is anything I can do for you in future! Thank you again and best wishes to all of you! Sincerely Yours, Michael
Sophia KooUnited States
Sophia KooUnited States
Michael is a wonderful and flexible guide and his food tour of Xi'an was incredible! Xi'an food is very unique, being a product of the mixing of cultures along the Silk Road, and he took our family (including two children) to local eateries we never would have found on our own to sample an array of this food. We loved all of it, especially the Xi'an pork 'hamburger,' the local hand-pulled noodles, the beef soup dumplings with a strong cumin flavor, and fresh pomegranate juice. Highly recommend!
Todd P.United States
I can't say enough good things about Tours By Locals and my guide for the day Michael ( Lingtao C. ) in Xi'an, China. I wanted to see the Terracotta Army, the Wild Goose Pagoda and the City Wall. Michael made it all so easy for me to do, he was informative, joyful, spoke perfect English and was very easy to understand. I can't remember ever having a better guide. Also, I would like to say the driver that Michael used, whose name was Mo, drove very comfortably and conscientiously. What an awesome day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Todd, Thank you for your great review! I do hope that we could have another chance to show you around again! Stay safe and cool! Michael
Traci R.United States
Michael's tour was the highlight of our 11 days in China! Tour included hotel pickup, private transportation, the Terracotta Museum, lunch at a local restaurant, riding bikes on the Ancient City Wall, and the most amazing Anthony Bourdain style night food tour and the Muslim Quarters with tuk tuk transportation! Michael is a great guide with a passion for his city and food! We tried new things and really had an amazing time. This is a must do tour if in Xi'an and should not be missed! 10 STARS!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Traci, Thank you so much to make such an amazing review for me and my tours! It’s my pleasure to be your tour guide in Xi’an and I did enjoy the time I spent with all of you! You are amazing people and to be with you made me feel like to stay with my own family! I do hope that I can see you again in future! Please feel free to let me know if there is anything I can do for you later! Thank you again and best wishes to all of you! Sincerely Yours, Michael
Yoong Hsien HengMalaysia
The visit to the Terracotta Warriors with Michael was a joy. We traveled by public transport which gave me an opportunity to see other parts of Xi'an, and Michael used the time to explain about the history of Xi'an and China, . Throughout the tour, he guided me to avoid the crowd which was helpful. After that we lunched at a local, non-touristy eatery nearby. The food was great. But I was more intrigued to get a glimpse into the lives of the locals. Overall, a great experience so TQ so much, Michael!
Tracy BrownUnited States
After an evening food tour of Xi'an culinary delights Michael whisked us away on an amazing day tour. Beginning w a stop at the Terracotta Warriors he provided detailed information and guided us through the various pits that are home to solders and bronze chariots. Lunch followed by a visit to a countryside cave home of a local resident then back to the city to gain knowledge of the history and tour the city wall. Great day!
Tracy BrownUnited States
What can you say about Michael our tour guide other then he is enthusiastic with a love of food and his home town Xi'an and that enthusiasm is infectious. The tour is much more than being filled with local culinary delights but expect and evening filled with the highlights of neighborhoods when they come to life with the people, food and bright lights that make these communities so special. Have an empty stomach and a camera and be prepared to be satiated with food and with a camera full of memories.
Fred BurgessWeston, FLORIDA, United States
We had a wonderful time tasting the wonderful flavors of Xi'an with Michael (Lingtao), our tour guide. Michael has a culinary background so he was very knowledgeable about the food culture. Buzzing around the city in Tuk Tuks and sampling about 6-7 various dishes was a highlight of our trip. I highly recommend this tour, especially with Michael. F. Burgess
Roger GreenUnited States
Lingtao (Michael) was a wonderful host and guide for my international group of travellers in Xian. He gave us lots of personal attention, had excellent knowledge of the places we visited, and he was very warm and friendly. Lingtao helped to create a trailor made tour of Xian where we also visited many off the track locations. I highly recommend him. Signed Roger Green Director: www.AcademyHealingNutrition.com
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr Green, Thank you so much for such an amazing review! I want to tell you that all of you are wonderful people and to be your local guide in Xi’an was really a pleasure to me! I was more than happy to know all of you, I learned a lot from all of you! I do hope that I could see you in future, then I will show you around again! Stay safe and cool all the time! Sincerely yours, Lingtao C. (Michael)
Peter WalmsleyUnited Kingdom
Michael was an excellent guide, probably the best we have had over the years. His English was faultless and his knowledge of Xi'an and the Terracotta Warriors in particular was superb. He is an excellent conversationalist, well read and has a very good appreciation of world events and other cultures. He was very flexible about arranging our itinerary and even dropped us off at the airport on our final day. He also knows great local restaurants where we experienced local dishes. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Peter and Maggi, Thank you so much for your great review! You are nice people and I do hope that I can see you again in future! Wish you and your family all the best! Sincerely Yours, Michael
Carol KempUnited States
Michael is an excellent guide. He is friendly, kind, and speaks fluent English. He went above and beyond to insure that our food tour in Xian was perfect. He is knowledgeable regarding the local cuisine and takes you to canteens and tiny out of the way restaurants that a traveler would never find on their own. We had so much fun while on our night food tour… from eating the local fare, zooming around in a Tuk Tuk and enjoying the company of Michael. Thank you Michael!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Family, Thank you for your great review! I am happy to know that you enjoyed my food & night tour! It’s my pleasure to be your local foodie guide in Xi’an and to be your company made me feel like I was with my own family! I do hope that you could get the real taste of the city and could get a better understanding of this ancient town! I also do hope that you could come back to Xi’an again, then I will give you a free food tour! Thank you all again and all the best to you and your family! Michael
Kimberly B.Richmond, VIRGINIA, United States
Awesome tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. Thank you for the awesome day!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kimberly, Thank you for sharing your review! Wish you and your family all the best! Michael
Sue ColdUnited States
We had a fabulous evening with Michael! He's fun, he's funny, he's knowledgeable, and he knows the best places to eat good, authentic local food. He took us to places we would never have found on our own and where we were the only tourists around. We highly recommend Michael. We had one of the most entertaining evenings we've had since we arrived in China 10 days ago!!
George M.United States
Lingtao provided an excellent guided tour for us of the Terracotta Warriors. He arrived at 7:00 am to pick us up and got us to the site at 8:30am as the site was opening to give us the least crowded experience. This experience was worth every second as Lingtao gives you the right balance of explanation and time to explore the site on your own. I would highly recommend this guided tour to all that want an effective tour of one of the most visited places in China.
Joseph ZombekUnited States
Michael's tour was excellent. He was full of fascinating information about the Warriors and was great at helping us avoid the crowds and get into good spots to take photos. He also gave us some wonderful suggestions of places to eat and other things to do in Xi'an. He made Xi'an a true highlight of our trip to China.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Joseph, Thank you for such a great review! It was my pleasure to be your tour guide that day when you were in Xi’an, I enjoyed the time I spent with you! You are wonderful people and I do hope that I can see you again in future. All the best to you and your family! Sincerely yours, Lingtao C.
Jim ConahanUnited States
My family of 5 were the gracious recipients of Michael's evening food tour of Xian. We have used small group food tours in other cities, which were fine, however Michael's tour far exceeded our expectations. It was a more personal and superior experience than what we have had in the past. We went at our own pace, ate what we wanted and had an exceptional evening. Michael is a former restaurant owner in Xian and has developed relationships with the best vendors in the old city. Superb experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jim, Thank you for such an amazing review! I was pretty happy to be your foods tour guide in Xi’an! All of you were so nice and you are a wonderful family! I do hope that I can see you again in future, then I would like to show you around again! All the best to you and your family! Sincerely yours, Michael
Gregory HamiltonUnited States
Lingtao/Michael customized his Authentic Xi'an Food Tour for us. He took us to more food tasting places than expected. He included the extra sightseeing that we wanted to do. He spent more time with us than promised. We had a great time, tasted some great food and saw some very cool sights. VERY nice tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Greg, Thank you very much for this rating! I hope you could come back to China again in future, then there will be an upgraded food tour for you! :-) All the best to you and your family! Sincerely yours, Lingtao C.
Kelli LangholzUnited States
We took food tours in each city we visited, and this was one of my favorites. Michael is a wonderful guide, speaks perfect English, and had us try some of the best food in China. The places we went were very authentic, and off the beaten path, so we felt like we were able to try actual local cuisine. Michael made the tour very fun and was super flexible when we wanted to try some additional foods. He definitely goes the extra mile! Thank you Michael!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kelli, Thank you so much for this great review! You are so nice! I do hope that you can come back to Xi'an in future, then I would like to show you around again! All the best to you and your family! Sincerely yours, Michael