Dennis R.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We were so happy to find your gifts in Jiufen, and enjoy a Taiwanese lunch together!
Dennis R.United States
We spent 2 days with Christine and saw places in Taiwan that most people do not go to. We have traveled all over and this was one of the best travel guides that we have ever had. You will never be disappointed with Christine.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for spending two memorable days with us through ToursByLocals. So nice to share thoughts on the area and compare then, and now in Taiwan with Ron. Taiwan has developed to full-fledged democracy. We hope you enjoyed Kaohsiung and Manila too!
Anthony JohnsonUnited States
Christine and her husband gave us an amazing tour of Taipei and the surrounding areas. They were very detailed and we learned so much about Taiwan. I was surprised at the depth of information. For instance, they knew what the visibility forecast was on the day we went up to Taipei 101. 99% of people would not have known to look at the Terminal Air Forecasts. We saw sights that we would have never know about without them. They showed us the true culture of the people as well as the tourist sites.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Anthony! it was such an interesting and special day to show you and friends the North Coast, Taipei and a bit of our weather with Taiwanese lunch at Taipei 101. Hope you can return to see more. We're so dependent on the weather forecasts and reporting on this mountainous subtropical island; from atop one of Keelung's mountains, we can see orographic lift in action very often, with varying sunrise and sunsets every day!
Sally OlsenUnited States
If I could give this a 10 star reading, I would have done that. Christine and her husband did an amazing job showing us around Taiwan. We learned so much and they were extremely accommodating when it came to the itinerary. You cannot go wrong with booking this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks to an early start in correspondence we felt quite at ease with your group's wishes! We drove on a very interesting route and had lively chats between the stops. Hope to see you back in Taiwan sometime. Best wishes to all from Christine & Jan
Parker JonesNew Zealand
Had a fantastic tour of Taipei with Christine. We were picked up at the cruise port on time in a very comfortable vehicle and we saw the main sites. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
Patricia SchwenklerUnited States
Our tour with Christine and Jan was amazing! The places they took us to were so beautiful and also authentic. They were incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, and great to work with overall. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Trish! Such a nice day to get out of town to Wulai and the falls with fresh air. Hope to see you back here to show you more of the real Taiwan.
Nancy RoweUnited States
Spending a day with Christine is like visiting a family in a faraway place; her concern for your happiness and satisfaction drives everything she provides. The city highlights, the marketplace, the temple, and Chiang Kai Shek's monument are the must-see sites. But the fun part of the tour begins at the zoo, where two pandas reside. Also, lunch in a small Chinese restaurant ties together an outstanding Taiwanese excursion where we gleaned so much from one of the kindest and insightful people ever.
Cynthia ArnoldUnited States
I have had many guides from Tours by Locals and I believe Christine to be one of the best I've ever had! She provided good knowledge, flexibility to customize to my needs -- all with the most gracious, friendly manner. I never felt rushed and yet we were able to see so much! I highly recommend her for any of your touring needs while visiting Taipei.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: ¡Muchas gracias Cynthia! So happy to see the evening spots and markets in Taipei with you, enjoy the special dumpling food and share a huge mango shaved ice! Come and see more of Taipei and Taiwan?
Darlene ChisholmAlbion, MI, United States
We had a wonderful tour with Christine. She and her husband Jan showed us the lighthouses in their area plus Christine took us to a temple and explained things. Most interesting.,
Robert G.United States
Christine and her husband John functioned as co-guides, and we got the best of the best. We were two couples, and each couple had an opportunity to ask questions, and receive explanations simultaneously, which was wonderful. Christine picked excellent sites based on our physical abilities. Their English was perfect, and communication was easy. The vehicle was comfortable for 7 large people. I believe we saw as much of Keelung as was possible in one day. Thank you, Christine!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, both Bobs, Blanche and Janice ! Such a very interesting day on the first call of the HAL Westerdam's overnight stay, a ship with memories for Jan. We passed by the coast, the mountains and places in Taipei. A great group from the US states we both love, and so we were so happy to compare notes on everything with all of you.
Yvonne M.BEAVERTON, OREGON, United States
Thanks Christine & Jan for an enjoyable day in Taipei despite some rain. WE were able to see all the sites in our itinerary plus had an excellent lunch at the dumpling house. Bill,Tricia,Von,Tim,Pat
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you all ! Glad our plan worked out and we just got a sprinkle of typhoon caused rain after our visit to the National Palace Museum at your own leisure instead of a cruise bus schedule. You made us (and a UO Duck) very happy with a small special gift pack from your states, so thoughtful to remember you by...
David SilbergUnited States
Not only was this tour interesting and our guide/hosts warm, friendly and knowledgeable. They went out of their way for one of our group who had suffered a sprained ankle during our travels by providing a wheel chair and other special accommodations. We had a wonderful "high tea/lunch" at a favorite of the Tawainese locals, which was a high spot. Can't recommend these guide "couple" more highly. gay and David Silberg
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Gay and David ! We loved to show you around the very local places on a Sunday; a Keelung temple and church included. It always helps to have two guides to navigate the National Palace Museum on a busy day. We were so happy to show you these places, the weekend flower market plus our Keelung night market as well.
Steven JungUnited States
Christine and her husband made this tour a pleasure. Prompt pick up at my hotel, safe and pleasant driver, interesting itinerary, perfect English (no small detail in Taiwan), educational discussion of Taiwanese history and contemporary affairs, wonderful sense of humor, and access to places that most tourists don't get to see. Definitely left me a happy client.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Steve, it was a memorable day that reminded us so much of our times in the US and the pristine Pacific Northwest. You're certainly an adventurous explorer after such a long flight. Hope you'll see more of the subtropical island at high speed and enjoy Taiwanese opera.
Jane V.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Jane & Jim ! it was so interesting to find the history of this island to be so close to your home, and answer the many points that came during our trip. Hope you'll see more of Taiwan this way during your stay!
Sheri MedinaUnited States
Christine & Jan were excellent tour guides showing us the highlights of Taipei during the calm of night. They were quite attentive to our endless questions and always ready to adjust the tour to our liking. We had a blast exploring with Christine and her endless knowledge of this beautiful city!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sheri & Leon! It was so interesting for us on many levels to show you Taipei by night, follow-up on your requests and to answer questions about Taiwan. We hope to see you here again to explore more of this island.
Wendy CohenNew Zealand
Really great tour, very flexible as the weather was too cloudy but still had great views and very interesting day, Christine was very well informed and our lunch was something to remember! We are booking with her again to do fhe parts of Taipei we missed last year!
John KaufmanUnited States
Christine and Jan gave us a great taste of Taipei and Taiwanese culture on our brief layover in Taiwan. They were full of knowledge, took us to sites historical and new, and topped it all off by taking us to Din Tai Fung for an awesome lunch at this Taiwanese dumpling institution. A great day was had by all!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We had a great time showing your family members the highlights of Taipei, and Taiwan's history, Lantern festival, and food in a quick metro tour. And to let you all know what to see and do on a next trip - hope to see you in Taiwan again!
Christine was my guide for the tour and she is going to be the best guide you have ever met. I had a fantastic day with Christine and her husband Jan. They took me to places I would never have discovered on my own. They both went if their way to endure my needs were met. I would not hesitate to recommend Christine and Tours by locals to anyone. Thank you for making my Taipei visit so interesting.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Maureen, thanks for booking us in ToursByLocals. Saturday is always great for a walk in the parks, various markets, and old Taipei. Hope to see you on another visit to explore Taiwan!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for such a lively visit to compare our experiences!
Ione PerhayUnited States
Christine was an excellent guide! It was our first time in Taiwan, and she gave clear instructions as to where we should meet her, and how to get there from our hotel. We were a group of 10, and she and her husband guided us to the perfect experience of culture, sites, history, and food! It was an experience we will not forget, leaving a very favorable image of Taipei, Taiwan, and all it has to offer! She was excellent, articulate, personable, and fun! Excellent tour guide, giving us a family feel!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Ione and friends ! we had a great day and fun showing you 'our' city using public transport all the way. Next time: the North Coast, Kenting and Pescadores as great spots to explore and enjoy.
Fantastic tour, we were met as arranged by Christine and her husband with a van and driver. Our tour took us along the coast, up through the mountains, into Taipei, to a mining town and back to our ship. Christine's husband, Lang, shared with us the history of Taiwan as well as the geographical elements of Taiwan. Our stops included the Geopark, hot springs, a lily farm, the summer home of Chaing Kai Shek, authentic Taiwanese lunch in Taipei and a local celebration. I highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Marian, it turned out a whirlwind tour around the mountains and the city with a bit of succss in electronics shopping as well while mostly beating the forecast rain. So happy we managed to see the once a year anniversary celebration of the Land God temple in Jiufen, before going back to the ship. Hope to see you back in Taiwan ! Christine and Jan.
Olivia FanHong Kong
We're fortunate to have Christine and Jan as our tour guides. We learnt a lot about the history, culture and many many other issues about Taiwan. Despite of the rain, we toured around the North Coast and enjoyed visiting Jiufen and especially the geopark at Yehliu. We also had a wonderful time at NPM. It's an unforgettable experience with Christine and Jan. They are so kind to provide post tour information to us and it's very useful to our continued stay. We are very appreciative of their thoughtful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Olivia ! We were so glad to see travelers from Hong Kong and show things and experiences we may have in common or that are different. Next day the weather improved, so we hope you were able to see some of the places we recommended without the rain - it was a very interesting day to also remember our good times in your city.
Jeb BurtonWest Sacramento, CA, United States
Christine and her husband (Jan also a tour guide) were hands down two of the most outstanding tour guides we have ever hired. It is obvious they do not do this for money, but instead because they really love it. The depth of knowledge, professionalism and attention to detail was beyond excellent. They managed to intrigue and entertain both my 6 and 9 year old kids, and my 70 year old parents at the same time. Anyone visiting Taiwan would be remiss in not hiring these two.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Jeb! It was a really beautiful and crisp day, great for a family trip along the coast and across the mountains to Taipei. I've never seen kids having so much fun in Yehliu, the National Palace Museum and in the Keelung night market. Hope you like the photos!
The tour was just perfect. We have seen everything without much waiting. All wishes were fulfilled. Christine even took photos of our group and the ship. Thanks Christine. We would like to recommend you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Erwin and friends! it was such a nice trip along the coast between Jiufen and Yehliu. And then even to Taipei, to see the city from Taipei 101 and have lunch at DinTaiFung, Keep in touch !
Paul AustinUnited States
Outstanding tour. Really enjoyed seeing the gold mine area, cat village, the night market, the hot springs,Taipei 101 and the great lunch! Christine and Jan were delightful people with an amazing amount of information. Very enlightening. Highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Paul ! Taiwan has a lot to offer within a short distance from the Keelung port. The contrast between the coast, mountains of Yangmingshang national park and the metropolitan area can be quite remarkable: within half an hour of a trip the environment is different. It was so interesting to share your detailed observations and experiences with both of you during the 1.5 days ashore !
Paul AustinUnited States
I wish that I could rate Christine and her partner Ohusband with 10 stars. This tour was without a doubt the best that we have had in our 82cruises. From beautiful scenery and amazing , beautiful rock formations to cat city, the night market toTaipai 101 the 5th tallest building in The world to Ching Ki Sheck memorial , but the best was the historical knowledge and friendliness that they shared. Do yourself a favor book a tour with Christine With.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for rating us together! Wow, it means a lot coming from such very frequent travelers. We're always happy to share and compare culture, contemporary society and history views from both sides, while following your interests. Hope to see you back in Taiwan on a next cruise ! Christine & Jan
Lauren Pinter BrownUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for taking time in your very busy schedule to see Taipei on a Sunday morning. We were so glad to show you and to find what you were looking for!
Leslie SchaeferUnited States
TAIPEI - We got very lucky in Taipei with our husband and wife guide team of Christine and Jan, both of them were extremely knowledgeable and gracious. We got the perspective of someone who was born in Taipei and someone who emigrated there from Holland. A great opportunity that we never had had before. Their presentation to us was extremely informative, personal, historical and entertaining. We strongly would advise selecting this couple as your tour guides.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Leslie, it was fun to show such a varied group around the coast and Taipei. Even though it was in rainy winter weather in the end, we covered all the spots we planned for.
Linda K DemlerUnited States
Excellent tour by Christine and Jan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Linda & Fred. We enjoyed showing you the architecture of old and new Taipei as well as the geothermal hot springs area at Beitou. Hope you'll have a chance to visit Taiwan again !
John E.United States
Hard to imagine a better organized and insightful tour of Keelung, Taipei, and environs. For our tour, the combination of 2 guides, one a native Taiwanese, the other a resident expat, provided expert local knowledge and point of view, as well as allowing one to stay with us while the other took numbers for the 101 and restaurant lines. That efficiency plus a great driver allowed them to show us Everything we had asked for and more. Christine & Jan are friendly and fun as well as professional.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for such a concise review ! we enjoyed showing you the North coast and Taipei's highlights, Taiwan's real history, and to sample the food at DinTaiFung and our Keelung temple night market with you. Hope to see you here again !