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!
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 !
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
Jody ReausawUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jody, that was a memorable day. Hope you found the pictures online.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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!
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 !
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.
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.