about tours with china tea leaves

China Tea Leaves trips were launched in 2017, bringing the approach of our travel guides to life in small group tours. I’ve lived in Shenzhen, China, for five years, soaking up everything I can about the history, culture, language, society, and rhythm of this massive place. These tours are not only planned by me using my own experience and expertise, but I am also your companion and guide throughout the journey. During our tours, I will point out as much as I can about the people, traditions, and language that we encounter together.

I’ve traveled throughout China, to pristine landscapes, small villages, and big cities. I find every place has its own beauty, and I love helping other travelers discover these places. Seeing other travelers taste a food for the first time, or delighting in a calming sunset beside a quiet lake they never knew existed, is what keeps me going and makes every trip unique.

I am an expat, so I understand the kinds of places international travelers are most drawn to, where we like to spend more time and what is not worth doing. I love introducing guests to local restaurants, taking you down a small unknown street to a hidden temple, sampling my favorite street foods. But I also know the best guesthouses to come back to at the end of a long day, where you can find a cozy bed, a delicious breakfast and friendly owner to welcome you each time you return.

For overnight trips, I plan everything for the group and include as many costs as possible in the quoted price, including airfare/ground transportation, hotel, meals, entrance tickets and travel insurance. Fares quoted are for a single adult, based on double occupancy, with local Chinese meals unless otherwise stated. Group size is usually between 6-10 people, for ease in getting around, learning as a small group, and bonding as friends during our time together.