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?
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.
William HerterUnited 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.
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 !
Deno BarrogaUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great to enjoy your visit and travel insights... Now you've seen a sea of clouds !
Jim OlsonUnited States
Christine (and her husband!) arranged a tour to all of the places we wanted to see as well as a few extra ones they thought we'd enjoy. They provided great commentary on the places we visited as well as thoughtful insight into the history of Taiwan and the people living there. We all learned so much from them and had a truly enjoyable day on our visit to Taipei. We'd go with them again if we ever have the chance to return. Excellent tour and guide(s)!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jim ! Of all ships, Celebrity Millennium offers the best itinerary for Keelung, the coast and Taipei, usually within an overnight stay - this time one long day only. We were so happy to show you so many spots, to chat and find we all have a lot in common - so time flew by! Visit us in Taiwan again, now you know why it is one of "Asia's best kept secrets".
Raymond RamseyUnited States
Christine and her husband did a great job taking us around Taiwan. I would recommend them highly if you're looking for a tour guide in Taiwan. They were punctual, informative, knew the short cuts and very adaptable. They are a 5 star couple.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We were so happy to show you the area around our home town of Keelung and its night market, often missed by travelers just heading to Taipei straight off the ship. Some time left to discover new spots on the coast without tourists, to enjoy the tea in Jiufen and go shopping in the night market. Celebrity Millennium overnight stay makes it a great way to see Taiwan. Hope you'll be back to explore some more !
Chun DeeringUnited States
An excellent tour operator. We enjoyed the experience hugely. The service was prompt and attentative. Knowledgable, flexible, accommodating guide and most capable, thoughtful, helpful driver.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a long and interesting day to meet you all on a drive across Northern Taiwan. We enjoyed it so much and time flew by! so lucky to keep mostly dry on the typhoon day.. Hope to see you and your relatives again in Taiwan.
Alan SchwartzUnited States
good sites, kept us interested, good information and great restaurant. Highly recommend if you are looking for another place to visit while in Taipei.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Just half an hour up and away from Taipei city we found ourselves in the thick and cool clouds among the sulphur fumaroles of Yangmimgshan. Typical Taiwanese food followed by a trip along the coast. We enjoyed your many observations !
Alan SchwartzUnited States
it was a good tour of all the important sites of Taipei. Good tour guide and very informative. It was very enjoyable even with the unusually high heat wave.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Alan ! indeed Taipei in summer can be very muggy with such high humidity - this is a record year. Everyone trying to find relief inside air-conditioned buildings made it a busy Saturday at popular spots and restaurants ...
Michael C.United States
Christine and Jan were wonderful guides and companions for the day. Christine and I emailed several times before our tour date so that she could get a sense of what my family wanted to see, and she and Jan customized a tour so that we could visit a couple of spots in Taipei as well as places along the North Coast. She also arranged for a very comfortable private van with an experienced driver. Thanks, Christine and Jan, for sharing your knowledge and love of your country with us!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Michael, it was a great day for exploring your family's spots in Taipei and along the coast. Happy to point out other places to visit during your stay! Hope Taiwan touched your heart; see you here again ? Christine & Jan
Zara HaimoUnited States
Christine is a twofer - she is a wonderful guide herself with a wealth of knowledge about Taiwan, but her husband Jan often accompanies her and he is also an unending source of information about everything you'll see including geography, history, culture, etc. The North Coast trip will take you out of Taipai through a thermal area with steaming sulfur vents to a coast with exotic rock formations to a charming old town full of tea houses. Great tour, wonderful guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Zara ! no matter how many times we visit the coast, there is always something new to discover, enjoy and talk about !
Zara HaimoUnited States
Christine is a twofer - she is a wonderful guide herself, but her husband Jan often accompanies her and he is also an unending source of information about everything you'll see including geography, history, culture, etc. This tour covered all the basics for a first visit to Taipei. Christine knows how to get through the National Palace Museum in the best possible way avoiding the crowds. Make sure to see the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines too!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Zara, we were so happy to show you the difference Taiwan makes and learn about your experiences in this part of Asia ! Hope to see you here again, to go sailing from Keelung one day.
Leslie Brycesanta Monica, CA, United States
Christine was superb; knowledgeable, flexible, good company. Nothing could have improved on today.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Leslie, we enjoyed showing you Yehliu, having a seafood lunch and checking the local whisky brands !
Michael BloomUnited States
Christine and her husband were wonderful!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We enjoyed taking you to the off-the-beaten track places and your special interests ! there is always something new to discover in Taipei.
Michael BloomUnited States
Great tour by Christine and her husband.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hope to see you in Taiwan again to explore places around our city !
Sophia ChungUnited States
We could not have enjoyed or learned so much about Taipei & about it's history, culture, & social environment without the expertise of our excellent tour guide, Christine. We had the pleasure of having her husband, Jan, also join us. They had a map of the anticipated tour, provided brochures on the historic sites, & were extremely knowledgeable. They were extremely accommodating when we wanted to linger & adjusted the schedule. Definitely seek Christine (& Jan) on your trip to Taipei! Sophia & John
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sofia and John ! After your conference, we were so happy to show you the sights of greater Taipei and to savor the food of Taiwan with you.
Carole N.United States
Christine along with her husband Jan are simply the best in the business. Christine was very helpful some years ago in planning a trip that we unfortunately had to cancel. So, when we finally made it to Taiwan she helped us plan a very full and wonderful day. Their in depth knowledge of the country and its history made this beautiful country come alive.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Carole & Francis, it was such a memorable day, let's keep in touch ! We also learned a lot about your experience of Taiwan, its people and some of its museums. In turn it helped us to sway others to briefly visit the highly rated but very quiet Shung Ye museum of Formosan aborigines - such a cultural contrast with the crowded National Palace Museum.
Jody ReausawUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jody, that was a memorable day. Hope you found the pictures online.
Erik EksteinUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for traveling with us and comparing Taipei with your fascinating city ! Hope to see you come back for more views of Taiwan.
Brett PynnonenUnited States
Just completed a very nice day touring Taipei with Christine. She is very knowledgeable and fun to spend the day with. She was prompt in replying to my inquiry, on time, flexible in adjusting the tour throughout the day to what I wanted to see and no question was off limits. A very relaxing and educational day for me. I recommmend her without reservation. Best regards Brett
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Brett, always surprising to find how much we have in common. Thanks for your great questions along the way! I enjoyed showing you old and new Taipei, talking about past and present, food and finding your souvenir. Hope you'll come back with your family one day to see more of the real Taiwan.
Paul NourigatUnited States
my family enjoyed an evening tour with Christine and her husband, who complimented each other's style nicely. We started with a tasty local dinner, which allowed up to learn some fundamentals about Taipei prior to our other events and affairs. My only recommendation would be to choose a quiet restaurant, as it was difficult to hear the many good things they could share. Beyond that, they worked hard to tailor the tour to our very particular interests, and followed up that eve with excellent links/info.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Lisa ! My husband Jan has such great memories of Oregon where he lived. For Taiwanese, dinner is a time to meet & talk, and with so many people enjoying their Friday night dinner time out on the town it does get more noisy at DinTaiFung - one of our most popular places to enjoy great local food. Glad we could give you the maps and links for the next days to enjoy Taipei on your own.
Judy S.United States
I enjoyed my afternoon with Christine. She was professional and knowledgeable. She tailored the tour to my exact request and I was pleased that I had chosen this tour option.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Judy, we were happy to show you places and temples 'off the beaten track' and to exchange ideas about Taiwan. Hope to see you back here !
Paul T. S.United States
Christine, her husband Jan, and a driver gave my wife and I an excellent, efficiently compressed tour of Taipei. (7 hour layover, 3 hour tour, airport pickup and timely return for flight). We toured temples, markets, CKS guard changing, National Hotel, President's office/Parliament, with time to walk and talk. Insights on geo-politics, history, religion, customs, food and regional economies provided perspectives. Our limited time was well planned. We highly recommend your private tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks & really so amazing how you defeated jet-lag by keeping active after a transpacific flight with another one coming up Taipei to Palau. We were very happy to show you the most possible in a short time in Taipei, and talk about the local view of Taiwan history and the present !
Margaret SchmidtUnited States
5 star from start to finish. Delight to work with. Great communication. So knowledgeable and thorough.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Margaret, we loved showing your group the best of Taipei and the coast. Keep in touch !
Barbara DuffyUnited States
What a day we had with Christine and her husband Jan. We had a lovely van and driver as well.both Christine and Jan were so informative about their lovely city which is quite beautiful. At the end of our day we felt like we were saying goodbye to dear friends. If you get to Taipei be sure and book with Christine and if her husband, Jan is available for him to come along as well. He loves to take pictures of you and what you are seeing. You will not be sorry that you booked with Christine!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Barbara ! It was a great day for an April visit, nice sunshine and low humidity - great for showing you the gardens and orchids in Taipei and around Keelung. Hope to see you back in Taiwan on another cruise !
Christine was awesome! The tour was personalized to our specific needs and interests, Christine and her husband were charming and informativ., My girlfriend and I have nothing but praises and thanks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Happy to show you around after a very early morning arrival! Taiwan is famous for night markets; yet morning and fish markets are also very interesting. Hope to see you back to come diving around this island.
Laurel GlassmanUnited States
Wow! There aren't enough stars for Christine! She and her Dutch husband Jan did an absolutely perfect job showing me the best of Taipei. They were everything you could want in guides: knowledgeable, energetic, prompt, warm, welcoming, enthusiastic, accommodating, and thoughtful. They consistently went above and beyond their duties, too, such as doing extra research on some special things I wanted to see and sending me the results of the research by email. Now that's real service! THANK YOU!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Laurie ! we love to go beyond and outside of what the guidebooks would tell you, and discover more of Taipei and Taiwan. Your detailed request certainly helped us pinpoint new places to explore. Hope to see you back in Taiwan !
Gabriel IndalecioUnited States
This tour was a great opportunity to learn more about not just the history of Taipei but see a custom made selection of key locations. I already enjoyed the tour and how things were manage, taking care of all details. Great restaurants selected and transport using Taipei underground was very convenient. I will recommend this to others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Gabriel ! we also enjoyed seeing historical parts of the city through the eyes of an avid photographer at his own pace. Hope we'll meet again and you'll have time to see more of this island on your travels.
Gabriel IndalecioUnited States
Great short an interesting tour around Taipei 101 area, night markets and learn more about local culture. Weather was great and even that tour was late in the day, it was very easy and pleasant to do.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: New places to explore on our visit to old Taipei's back alleys and markets. We enjoyed a chat in the 1925 home of a Japanese photographer, met some interesting people - it turns out to be a small world after all.
Just the highest marks will do for this 1,5 days we spent in the north of Taiwan hiking in the mountains and bathing in geothermal springs. The mountain guide Leo was really knowledgeable about the possibilities for interesting treks and choose them well to suit our needs and interests. He managed to take us to places that not many tourists get to see. He speaks very good English and is areally nice and interesting person too.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We were so happy to see you enjoy Taiwan's mountains and hot springs in sunny and hot weather, followed by a cold and rainy day. Indeed, flexibility, fun and endurance is what we treasure on these hiking trips ! There is so much more to hike in Taiwan...
Candis Gotohonolulu, HAWAII, United States
We really enjoyed our day with Christine and Jan. The time went by too quickly. Someday we wish to return to Taiwan and see them again without the rush to get back to the ship.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Candis, time well spent with the preferred spots and activities you had researched - all by train, metro and bus! See you soon to show you other amazing locations in Taiwan.
Rebecca BaergenUnited States
This was an absolutely awesome tour. So personalized and both Christine and her husband (who came along) were incredibly knowledgeable. They had planned out the whole day based on what we had told them we wanted to do, then made suggestions of other places we hadn't thought of. It was long day but we were so sad to see it end. It was an amazing tour of Taipei and if you are going to visit there you MUST take this tour. All four of us that went on this tour are still raving about it months later.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Rebecca! With your specific requests, we certainly traveled all over greater Taipei. We enjoyed showing you as much as you wanted to see and more. Hope you have a chance to visit the 'Ilha Formosa' island again.
we spent an absolutley amazing day in Taipai with Christine. we were met promptly at the port after our ship docked in Keelung. it was a wonderful stress free day of learning and site seeing. the night market was a special highlight. thank you so much!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Lesley ! we enjoyed showing your family Taipei and Keelung by day and after sunset. Hope to see you back in Taiwan soon.
Cindy W.Aurora, COLORADO, United States
Christine was very attentive to what we wanted to see and do. She was friendly and knowledgeable about what the area. She was also flexible with the unique sights and lengths of time we wanted to spend at each location. We had a blast and can't wait to get back! Thanks Again!!!!!! :D
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Cindy ! there is so much more to discover with the locals in Taiwan, come back soon ?
Charles SmythUnited States
Just an amazing day! Christine has created the need for a sixth star rating as she went the extra mile. Her husband Jan joined us and it was if I had two history teachers tutor me for the day on the history of Taiwan and Formosa going back to the 17th century settlement by the Dutch (actually farther back) up to the current government. It went so far beyond what I had expected or experienced previously. The day was completed tailored, on the go, around my interest. I will be calling her on my next visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Amazing indeed: to see how we have a lot in common while having fun navigating closed facilities on a first Monday! It changed the day completely from a city to a coast trip, but that's what we like about local touring - to reveal more of this green island. Hope to see you all back to discover more of Taiwan soon.
Sheila SantoroUnited States
The afternoon was perfectly planned and we received so much information on the history of Taiwan. I plan to use TBL again in the future. Thank you! Sheila
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sheila, your specific wishes made this into a custom tour - hopefully time well spent showing you more about Taiwan on the way to the airport ! Explore some more places with TBL.
Barbara EisenbergUnited States
Christine and her husband Jan were a wealth of information on this full day tour of Taipei. They made maximum use of our time, allowing for shopping as well. They made special arrangements for us at the Palace Museum, and gave us brochures and maps of everything we would see, and more. Wish we had an additional day! 5 stars!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Barbara & Robert, we had such an interesting trip with you and learned a lot about your cruise and tour experiences and the fine sculptures as well. And we avoided the rain for the most. It's a small world and we hope to meet you here again !
Barbara EisenbergUnited States
Christine had arranged for her brother Leo to show us around Hualien and the Taroko Gorge National Park. He was very personable, knowledgeable about the park and knew exactly where we should walk to get the best views and photos. However, he was not familiar with the city, could not find a place for lunch, and did not know where the large marble factory was, that we wanted to see.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Taroko is a national park, with one hotel and some local food stalls - so unfortunately no specific western meals at the moment you requested it. The 'marble factory' is a mainland Chinese tourist bus shopping trap - best not to see.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: From speaking to Christine, we understand that the Eisenberg's were looking for specific food and shopping options. We've asked Christine to update the 'Booking Question' section of the tour pages so as to capture specific requirements in advance of the tour.
Susan WeimarUnited States
Christine took me to places associated with what I requested and she provided great background info so I really enjoyed my tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for taking time out from your business schedule to explore Taipei, its history and architecture. Hope you liked the Taipei Fine Arts Museum and the routes I planned for you !
Louise VauxHong Kong
Thank you for a wonderful sunset tour of Taipei. Christine & her husband Jan were both charming & knowledgable. Filled in many historical gaps in my knowledge while seeing some of Taipei's best sights. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We enjoyed comparing our shared regional experiences, and many common but often different values between Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong and China ! Brought back memories of Hong Kong for us, hope you have a chance to visit again.
Eleanor SiegalSan Antonio, Texas, 78230, United States
Christine gave us a wonderful tour in Taipei. The National Palace Museum is a must, but very crowded; however, our guide knew how to spirit us through the main exhibits without losing time. We received much interesting information about life and politics in Taiwan. Christine was very pleasant and charming. Vehicle was super comfortable. We highly recommend her services. Eleanor and Pablo S., San Antonio, Texas
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Eleanor ! we were happy to adjust our route to show you places few cruise travelers go: tours by locals are flexible. We loved showing you the NPM while beating the crowds...
Noel L.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for exploring the island and the seafood lunch with us ! we enjoyed showing you around. After a rough few days at sea, sorry to hear your voyage was cancelled due to mechanical problems. Hope to see you back in Taiwan.
Jason WilliamsUnited States
A great experience! I was toured by Christine's associate and found it a wonderful time. It was the first time I did a layover tour where we only had six hours to spare, but we were picked up at the airport and were able to see 5 sights in 5 hours. Choosing sites next to each other was critical in our success. The tour guide was essential when we visited the night market where few people spoke English as the tour guide not only interpreted for us but also explained the various exotic food items.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jason, we were happy to arrange such a trip to show you a well kept secret destination in Southeast Asia. Hope you liked the night market and food, one of the things Taiwan is famous for. Visit us again !
Johan Wilhelm (Hans) v.Netherlands
Christine, thank you very much for the trip I spend with You and your husband, Jan. I learnt a lot about Taiwan and its history, especially the Dutch connection. The Chinese New Year was favorable to my trip and your directions helped me make the most of it. And due to your pleasant company and all the good fortune bestowed upon me by your new president to be (or not) I will return to Taiwan for a longer visit. It proved to be too short. Have a happy 2014.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It isn't every day we trace Dutch roots in Taiwan and see politics so up close ! Thanks for all of us enjoying the mild and sunny winter weather you brought with you - as the Dutch would say; in the Year of the Horse. The elections for Taipei mayor are in November 2014, for president in 2016. Both a nice time of the year and interesting period to see the island.
Laura McKenzieUnited States
Wow, I don't even know where to begin! We had a fabulous time in Taiwan, and the very best part was the day we spent with Christine and her family. We enjoyed their company and they taught us so much about Taiwan. We would never have understood or experienced the area so fully without their guidance. We visited many beautiful places and ate delicious local food. They did a great job taking our interests and our children's needs into consideration. We highly recommend Christine! Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Indeed it was like traveling with two families (and two very patient and cute kids!) on a relaxed outing to some lesser known places. We do hope to see you back in Taiwan soon to show you more of the island !
Lovely personalised foot tour of Taipei. Informative and caring guides. A great way to actually see Taipei from the footpath rather than sitting in a bus
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Your pictures of Taipei and Taroko look great ! we all loved to walk and chat with you about a wide range of topics. Hope you'll explore some more during your next conference in Taiwan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: After your long flight from Australia, it was a relaxing walk through Taiwan's past and present, and up to Taipei 101's 89th floor !
Gerry P.United States
I can't say enough positive things about this tour. We only had two full days in Taipei and wanted to maximize our sightseeing experience. We have traveled to many countries, but had never hired a private guide. We now know that, if you're traveling on your own, you should definitely consider a private guide. Christine was top-notch in every way; she even brought along her husband, a pleasant, outgoing Dutchman well-versed in Taiwanese history. If you visit Taiwan, sign up for Christine's tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Gerry & Mary ! Coming from two well prepared seasoned and frequent travelers your recommendation means a lot to us and Tours by Locals. We loved showing you around, hope you'll visit again to see more of Taiwan.
Paul BrownSouthampton, HAMPSHIRE, United Kingdom
Christine and Jan were excellent. On time to meet us and gave a fun and informative tour. They were open, friendly and very flexible. My daughter,Alice and I enjoyed the experience very much. PS we loved 101 so much we visited again after dark as you suggested.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We had a great and fun day with both of you. So impressed you made it up Taipei 101 twice - after a long journey, and Alice showing 'Taipei live' to the world using the city's free wifi !
Bradly CarpenterUnited States
My hoped-for agenda primarily included the Yangmingshan area, with some hiking. Christine asked her brother and husband, Leo and Jan, to accompany me based my requests. They arrived at my Tianmu hotel punctually. My greatest expectations were not only met but surpassed! Christine didn't join live, but she did personally help with ensuring my for-wife-and-daughters jewelry gift selections were wise:) Thanks very much to Christine, and especially to Leo and Jan. I very much hope to meet again! Brad C.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We were so interested to discover more of Taiwan's past decades with you. Thanks to your preparation, we located the spot of your home and hiked to waterfalls where you spent such happy days on Yangmingshan. With time for the National Palace museum, Bao-an temple and Taipei 101 sunset. Hope to see you back in Taipei with your family.
Kim DutyUnited States
The two days we spent with Christine and her husband Jan and her brother Leo were the absolute highlight of our trip to Taiwan. We've traveled all over the world and hire guides almost everywhere we go. Until we met Christine, there were only two who we considered true friends by the end of our time together. Now there are three. Not only is Christine a terrific person who is just fun to spend time with, she's also a very adept guide. She was able to tailor two amazing days for us on the fly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much, Kim & Steve. Time flies when you're having a good time, chat and do such enjoyable nature hikes! Hope you'll visit again for our clear blue skies... Although it is a small island, Taiwan will touch your heart.
Kim DutyUnited States
I cannot recommend Christine enough. And if you are lucky, she'll be joined by her delightful husband Jan who is a treasure trove of knowledge himself. And if you are really lucky, Leo, an avid outdoorsman, will be your driver and you'll get to discover Taiwan's natural side as well as its cultural and culinary personas.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We were all so happy to meet you and go off the beaten paths, roads and beyond. Learned a lot about your interests and appreciation of Taiwanese food, snacks, culture and nature.
Traci PatrickUnited States
We had a great time with Christine and Jan. They took us everywhere we wanted to go (and it was a lot of places!) plus were able to offer suggestions when we didn't know where we wanted to go. They were friendly and informative and very good company. I would definitely look them up again if I ever make it back to Taiwan. This experience will encourage me to look for other Tours by Locals tours when I next journey overseas.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You were such great company; relaxed in the record heat while just off the plane from a very long trip. Thanks for making us aware of ever more of Taiwan's biology in Taipei. Hope you enjoyed Taroko, Kenting and the conference outings!
Carla KrugerUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Carla ! hope to see you all back in Taiwan.
Sandra SchmidtUnited States
Unfortunately this was our worst experience with Tours by Locals and it was our most expensive! Christine passed us off to Joe whom she referred to as her brother. We had no tour guide! He was a driver and not very happy. He seemed to think he could just drop us off at sights and not guide us. We had to inform him that he was coming to each sight and explain sight to us. Not a good experience would not recommend her. Written info says drivers are only drivers and you should have a separate tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sandra, from the very start I wrote I was busy that day as shown and would try to help you in any other way. This driver-only trip was offered consistently from my first to last message and repeatedly as an alternative. I even came to the port to explain this to you in person, and it was written in the custom tour description/restriction. Parking is never quick and convenient in Taiwan, so it took the driver time to drop you off, join and collect you. I'm sorry if this gave you the wrong impression.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: This comes as a shock to Christine and to us by seeing Christine's history with us. After going through the guide and customer email exchange I found that the customer was clearly advised by Christine prior to booking her tour that Christine was not available on the date needed and that the tour she was inquiring about was not guided. The customer was offered a guided option and a custom tour, which she did not book.
Jerome FalkUnited States
Getting Jan (Christine's husband) in addition to Christine was a delightful bonus. They are knowledgeable and fun and gave me a wonderful welcome to Taipei. I mentioned that I would spend my last night in Beitou and Jan sent me materials on sights for me to see there, unrequested. A lovely gesture.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your insights in East meets West and chats over meals, bringing back memories of California. Hope you'll have a chance to visit more of Taiwan again and to enjoy our local food !
Ken PolleyUnited States
Christine was terrific, we were met on time and joined by her daughter who was a delight. We saw everything we wanted and more. A perfect tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Ken & Sonia ! You brought us all lots of fun and sunshine, we went to new places and time flew by !
Christine gives a comprehensive, intelligent, personalised tour while remaining flexible and highly professional. she is great company and very well informed. Highly recommended
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for such a memorable day and pleasant afternoon ! We both hope to see you in Taiwan again.
Slade WaltersUnited States
We really enjoyed our tour of Taipei with Christine and her husband Jan. My wife and I were traveling with two of our young children, so a certain amount of flexibility was needed. Both Christine and Jan were very gracious and flexible. They helped us find places to see that would be fun for kids. They also made on-the-fly changes to our itinerary as needed. Overall, we were quite happy with the tour and got to see many of the key Taipei landmarks and attractions. I would recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great to travel with such a lively and organized team ! We enjoy your photos, hope you'll be back to Taiwan to explore more places at your own pace.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your feedback, happy to show you the temples and a few spots in the short time available.
We were met by our driver Mr. John Chen right as we exited the arrivals area. He was courteous and prompt. Before leaving for the hotel he explained that the trip was around 50 minutes and asked if we needed to use the restrooms first. His english was good enough for conversation and he was very pleasant.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your detailed feedback on our favorite local driver !
Thomas FrankelUnited States
We arranged to meet with Christine on very short notice and it all worked out. We met her at 9AM and spent the day seeing Taipei. We had the added bonus of her husband joining us. He is Dutch and speaks perfect English. Christine's English is good too. They have a regular driver who is excellent at driving and a sweet person. Between the three of them we had a wonderful full day of sightseeing and feel we now know something of Taipei. Highly recommend Christine.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks ! It was a nice after-typhoon Sunday and we all enjoyed it. Hope you'll be back to see Taiwan's alpine mountains by bicycle or car !
Norma Teggart FreemanHong Kong
Christine was great! Really hospitable and friendly and willing to tailor our tour around our personal tastes. We really enjoyed meeting her and her tour of Taipei.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you. Really enjoyed showing you some lesser known places in Taipei and introduce you to Taiwan's tea.
Maria Mercedes Cedenio GodinoPhilippines
My husband and I booked this private car tour for our anniversary. We went to Yangminshan National Park (in time for Cherry Blossom season), its surrounding areas, and the National Palace Museum. It was great having someone we could easily converse with in English and who gave us excellent suggestions on places to go and things to eat, but who was intuitive and gracious enough to allow us alone and quiet time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was great meeting you, the right time and people to enjoy peaceful corners of Yangminshan that most would miss. Come to visit again and see ever more of the National Palace Museum !
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: In this case, the traveler asked only for a driver.
Maria Mercedes Cedenio GodinoPhilippines
Christine and her husband, Jan, were excellent "guides" on our first night in Taipei. It felt like being brought out by friends to explore the parts of the city that my husband and I were into. We loved the food recommendations and the interesting trivia and practical tips on Taipei that we picked up from them (like proper queuing on the mrt). Also loved the "care package" and the personalized map of things to do that they gave us. Will definitely get in touch with them again on our next trip there.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We had a great evening with you as new friends - and forgot about the time, made it back home on the last train. Visit other parts of Taiwan again, it will touch your heart.
Christine is a charming person and was a knowledgable and engaging quide. The 6 hour tour she designed for our party of four was a most enjoyable experience of Taiwanese landscape, culture and cuisine. The vehicle was roomy and comfortable and the driver very professional. Highly recommended. Frank M. Melbourne, Australia
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you ! We were so happy you appreciated the Taiwan cuisine with local high mountain oolong tea and braved the Jioufen steps and clouds on such a memorable day along the coast. Hope you'll visit more of Taiwan...
Very interesting !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We loved showing you a bit of Taiwan in a short time ! Hope my Dutch language will further increase, so happy to taste your gift of 'drop & hopjes' ... dank u wel.
Chen Woon N.Singapore
Christine is very flexible, does her best to understand our style of travelling & is able to make changes to the tour accordingly even on the very day itself. The info Christine & Jan gave us (verbally & thru' a tape) along the way abt Yehliu was very educational. Jiufen was another eye-opener - we love the ice-cream & peanut dessert they recommended! The tea house is yet another highlight allowing my children to learn more abt how to make gd Chinese tea. Thanks Chrsitine & Jan for the great tour!:))
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks ! It was a joy to travel with you and the children at your own pace and show you unique places in Taiwan. We're glad you like the surprising and creative food and our world class tea!
Chen Woon N.Singapore
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: A memorable day, despite the weather. Come see Taiwan again!
Chen Woon N.Singapore
Christine does her best to customise the tour according to our needs. She's very flexible & works hard to ensure things go well for us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks ! Hope you found something interesting to all ages in the Puli area...
Chen Woon N.Singapore
Stan RosenfeldUnited States
Christine Wu was not available despite the website saying she was. She sent a driver who was not a tour guide whose English was minimal. He drove us where we asked and helped us buy tickets. We expected a tour and did not get it. We learned nothing about Taipei from the driver. Will take you up on your offer of satisfaction guaranteed. Stan
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You reserved around midnight before the busiest 100th National Day; I made it clear by mail & phone I could not meet you at the airport or town six hours later. I woke up an English speaking driver on his day off. He showed you everywhere you wanted to go, had to criss-cross greater Taipei on your whims in unpaid time & airport transfers. You didn't object by a word nor called during your trip: I'm sorry to conclude you subsequently misused TBL, the driver's and my trust to get a free Taipei-by-taxi ride
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: This tour was listed as a driver only tour, with Christine acting as coordinator, not tour guide. We have agreed on an appropriate refund for this tour and unpublished it as it did not include Christine as a tour guide.
Su Pei LimSingapore
Friendly, great hospitality, kind hearted and helpful tour guides. Christine and her husband make a pair of great tour guides.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a fine day to visit the Coast, Yehliu and the old gold mining town of Jioufen - we loved to show you the Blue Cloud temple ! See you back in Taiwan.
Jaap de BoerNetherlands
We only had one afternoon and one night to visit Taipei, and thanks to Christine and her (Dutch speaking) husband Jan we could do everything we wanted, and more .... We highly recommend Christine!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jaap ! It was fun showing your family around town and recall Dutch history of the island and links with Holland. Hope to see you back here on a longer stay to study Taiwan's island biology with so many unique species.
Thien BuiUnited States
Wonderful guide and very caring. Highly recommend
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks! it was a memorable visit with a short cruise on the lake. Hope you'll be back to see more about the island.
Thomas NettlemanUnited States
Christine was great! So great, in fact, that we booked her for two days instead of one. The coastal tour was very unique and something I would never have imagined. The city tour was also fantastic. I would recommend Christine to anyone coming to Taiwan. She was very flexible and accomodating - adjusting the plan to meet my needs and the ever-changing weather. Christine rocks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Susan and Tom ! i am so glad we were able to visit the unique places on our coast that you would not ever see on regular tours. Come back soon to enjoy more of Taiwan...
Thomas NettlemanUnited States
I really enjoyed my two day tour. Christine was very flexable to adjust the tour to my needs and interest. She showed me the city and the surrounding areas and other places that I would not have been able to see or do on my own. I really enjoyed meeting her and spending two days touring with her. Her English is excellent. She is truly a professional.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks ! Tours by Locals are made just for You. We enjoyed showing you Northern Taiwan and getting to know you during our discovery of your interest in the city, Yangminshan and the coast.
Poh Hwa ChngSingapore
Christine was very responsive when we first contacted her through ToursByLocals. She was knowledgeable and flexible. We would recommend her highly especially for visitors who need an experienced guide with fluency in multiple languages and good local knowledge. She did a sterling job keeping our diverse group of teenagers, two elderly ladies and a couple of young-at-hearts entertained on our day out with her. She even brough her able assistant and her own DVDs and CDs for our excursion!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a great day, sunny but quite hot - for a ride from the city through the Yangminshan mountains and along the Northeast Coast. We were so touched by your pleasant and friendly family. Hope you will come back to discover more of Taiwan, the heart of Asia.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Robert, hope you liked the local Taiwan beers on board !
Everything i wanted out of a trip to Taipei and more. Lovely person, fantastic local knowledge and flexibility to fit in any specific needs. Sorry for such a late comment.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Oliver ! we enjoyed your visit and the lively talks.
Delores CraigEl Paso, TX, United States
I would recommend Christine and her husband. There were six of us in our group. Because of the earthquake in Japan we had to make last minute changes to the itinerary. Christine handled the changes with no problems. One of the best places we visited was a teahouse that had the best tasting beef noodle dish and milk tea. It also had a great gift shop. Have no doubt, she will take of you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Delores ! We loved sharing our most popular local food with you all. Now we have one of your spicy sauces to add to it, such a thoughtful gift - and enjoy the memories. Come to dive around Taiwan next time ?
Richard Z.woodbridge, CT., United States
Christine was the best...Really enjoyed spending our 2 days with her in Taipei..
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Joanne and Richard, for such a memorable cruise visit! Enjoyed our shopping for Taiwan handicrafts together. Hope to see you in Taiwan again.