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Max Yang

I’m always keen to show off China – from its natural beauty to its historical and cultural heritage and delicious food. With great patience and attention, I listen to and understand the exact requirements of each tourist. I work alongside the local travel experts in different parts of China to give you trusted advice and the best that this ancient nation has to offer.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"We can help you create any type of adventure in China. Our specialities include hiking, cycling, photography, and visits to the rural areas in Southwest China including Guangxi, Guizhou, Yunnan, and Sichuan. We can also help you plan trips to the rest of China, and customize a trip that suits your needs."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I was born in Guilin, a famous tourist city in China, so I guess I was born with some travel gene. I am lucky enough to be a travel consultant of Guilin Cycling Tours, which allows me to integrate my passion for traveling into my work. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of China and Chinese culture with travelers. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"My favorite destination is Tibet, a holy place of mystery. It is a place I always look forward to, and that I would like to visit again."

Featured trips & expertise

Cherry blossoms in Xi'an
Best of China - 13 Days

This packed itinerary checks off China's top cultural and natural highlights. Visit Beijing to see the Forbidden City and hike along the Great Wall, then take the bullet train to Xi'an to see the Terracotta Warriors. Visit Guilin to see the world's tallest Buddha and enjoy Yangshuo's serene countryside. Tour Chengdu's panda research station before finishing your trip in metropolitan Shanghai.

Recent trip reviews for Max

Damelia

48hours in xian, china, China - Dec 26 - Dec 28, 2018

Traveler: Damelia T. - Local specialist: Max Yang

As a picky and non-speaking Mandarin traveller, I did spend some time searching for the right guide for our Xian trip.

Fortunately, I found KimKim website by chance.

With some basic itinerary in mind already, I emailed KimKim my inquiry to which Max promptly replied within 24 hours. Right after, Max arranged for Eric, our designated local Xian guide, to touch base with me.

Although using the KimKim app was sufficient, I would definitely recommend using the WeChat app as well, which I used... read more

As a picky and non-speaking Mandarin traveller, I did spend some time searching for the right guide for our Xian trip.

Fortunately, I found KimKim website by chance.

With some basic itinerary in mind already, I emailed KimKim my inquiry to which Max promptly replied within 24 hours. Right after, Max arranged for Eric, our designated local Xian guide, to touch base with me.

Although using the KimKim app was sufficient, I would definitely recommend using the WeChat app as well, which I used more frequently to communicate with both Max and Eric.

We took the bullet train (about 4.5hrs ride) from Chengdu to Xian. When we got to the Xian train station, we were immediately greeted by Eric (who I must mention is friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating and very fluent in English) at the arrival hall.

With only 2 days to explore Xian, we kept our itinerary as simple and flexible as possible. We managed to visit the Muslim Quarters, the historic Great Mosque and the very impressive Terracotta Warrior museum.

A nice bonus while in Xian was that it snowed on our way to the Terracotta Warrior museum on our second day of visit. Most of the city was covered in snow by the time we left the site! The downside from this though was that we had to cancel our visit to the City Wall. The cold weather had become too much for my daughter to do another outside excursion. Admittedly, I was pleasantly surprised when Eric refunded me (the City Wall tickets) immediately even with the last-minute cancellation.

Also, I was incredibly impressed when Eric and our designated driver were able to get us to the seafood restaurant (my daughter and I had been dying to go to!) in the nick of time even though we were delayed by traffic.

BIG thank you to Max, Eric and the driver for their outstanding service and for making our brief Xian trip fun and memorable!

Max Yang, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Damelia,
Thank you so much for kind words. I've honestly enjoyed planning and communicating with you.
I look forward to welcoming you again to China.
Best wishes,
Max

marianne

Our trip to china to celebrate our 25th weddind anniversary, China - Oct 10 - Oct 23, 2018

Traveler: marianne d. - Local specialist: Max Yang

Max, the local specialist, did an outstanding job planning our two week tour through China. We moved around alot during the two weeks (planes, trains, boats, etc) and everything went smoothly. We were always met by local tour guides who ALL did a fantastic job showing us around China. Max put together a fantastic itinerary and even called us in China to make sure everything was going well. We will definately use KimKim again for future travels. (This will be our second trip using KimKim - my family visited Iceland in the summer of 2017). Iceland trip was outsanding too.

Max Yang, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Marianne,
Thank you kindly for your review! It was my pleasure to organize your trip and I'm delighted that you had an amazing time in China.
All the best for your future travels!
Max

Mira

China - beijing to shanghai, China - Aug 24 - Sep 12, 2018

Traveler: Mira M. - Local specialist: Max Yang

We had 20 days in China booked but no time to plan the actual trip so we asked Max from kimkim to choose and book the whole trip for us. We mentions that we are fit and like to walk and want to spend extra time on the Great Wall of China and that we like to experience local activities. Max organised a most amazing tour around China for us, starting in Beijing and ending in Shanghai - exactly to our wishes and needs. The visiting to the Great Wall of China was amazing, we walked in a secluded... read more

We had 20 days in China booked but no time to plan the actual trip so we asked Max from kimkim to choose and book the whole trip for us. We mentions that we are fit and like to walk and want to spend extra time on the Great Wall of China and that we like to experience local activities. Max organised a most amazing tour around China for us, starting in Beijing and ending in Shanghai - exactly to our wishes and needs. The visiting to the Great Wall of China was amazing, we walked in a secluded are where there are no other tourists - just us and our guide. It was truly spectacular. At every step we had a local private tour guide who was fun to spend time with and very knowledgeable. Every time we mentioned something that we had seen (for example specific street food we had seen on YouTube and wanted to try) they made sure we got to try it.
The trip was varied, interesting and action packed.
We had a super fantastic trip in China thanks to Max and will definitely go back again :)
Cheers
Mira

Max Yang, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mira,

Thank you so much for kind words. I've honestly enjoyed planning and communicating with you.

If you ever decide to come back, feel free to contact me and I will plan you a trip to south China including Guilin (my hometown), so that I can meet you in person. :)

Best wishes,

Max

First time family trip to china, China - Jul 28 - Aug 8, 2018

Traveler: Fiona A. - Local specialist: Max Yang

This was an amazing first trip to China for our family. KimKim, Max, and our local guides really took the heavy lifting and stress out of planning our family trip to a destination unfamiliar to us.

Max was quick to respond to our initial enquiry, worked closely with us to build an itinerary tailored to our interests, and stayed in touch with our guides throughout the trip. The itinerary details were clear and well thought-out. A helpful contact list gave us additional guidance on things... read more

This was an amazing first trip to China for our family. KimKim, Max, and our local guides really took the heavy lifting and stress out of planning our family trip to a destination unfamiliar to us.

Max was quick to respond to our initial enquiry, worked closely with us to build an itinerary tailored to our interests, and stayed in touch with our guides throughout the trip. The itinerary details were clear and well thought-out. A helpful contact list gave us additional guidance on things like tipping.

Our local guides (Candy, Beryl and Marjorie) were exceptional and particularly great with our kids (12, 8 and 5 years old). They were incredibly knowledgeable, passionate, friendly and fun. As well as guiding us through all the sites, they were conscientious to ensure we checked into hotels, and got to the right boarding gates for the train and the plane.

Our time in Beijing and Xi’an took in the top sites including the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors and more, and all lived up to our expectations. However, it was activities at a local level that made this trip extra special: in Beijing visiting local families in the Hutong to make clay model pandas, paint opera masks, and make kites; in Xi’an learning to make dumplings and Biang Biang noodles from Mrs Lee and then eating this as part of a tasty meal in her home.

The food was amazing! We enjoyed long lunches sampling lots of different Chinese food and a delicious Peking Duck dinner in Beijing, organized by Max and our guides.

We have many special memories and lots of photos that we will enjoy for a lifetime!

Thank you so very much!

Max Yang, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Fiona,

Thank you so much for kind words. It was my pleasure to organize your trip and i'm happy to hear that you had great time.

We look forward to welcoming you again to China.

Best wishes,

Max