When one wants to see a lot but only has very limited time in Yeungshuo, I would suggest getting a tour guide. I am very glad that we met Chu and had her bringing us around when we were in Yeungshuo. We didn’t know her before we got there. It wasn’t by referral and such, so it’s pure luck that we got a good tour guide. 🙂
Of course, in hindsight, there always are things that could be improved in terms of planning, logistic and such. But what really makes the difference isn’t the well organized, fully packed itinerary, but the sincerity of the tour guide.
Chu treated CY and me more like her friends than customers. Well, at least she made us felt so. When we were at Yulong River, Chu brought us to her brother’s house, which was near by, and shared with us some mandarins when she saw some on the table. And when we were at Yeungshuo bus station waiting for the bus to Huangyao, she waited with us and made sure we got on the bus safely before leaving.
All these little things just added up, you know. If she didn’t do any of the above, we would still pay for her service, and tip her if her service was good. But when she did much even after we paid and tipped her (like waiting with us at the bus stop), then in return, we would like to spread some good words and do her some free advertising.
Actually I might not be as impressed if I didn’t see how another local tour guide treating her two customers. That tour guide just sounded loud and rude when she was talking with her customers. I was just happy that we had Chu who was friendly and patient 😀
** Here is Sister Chu’s contact information **