Hi, I'm Annie!

Shanghai · Female

History & CultureCity SightseeingGourmet FoodsShort Excursions
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About Me

I am Shanghainese. Having lived here for more than 34 years, I am familiar with each crack and corner of Shanghai, and can tell the history and story behind its many streets and styles. In college, I majored in also tourism and hospitality management, which provided me with the tools and expertise to join the rapidly growing tourism industry. Upon graduating, I first got a job as a concierge for the biggest hotel group globally. As I served more and more international guests, I realized that my true passion went beyond telling people where to go and what to do. I wanted to join them and show them something beyond the hotel lobby. I realized that I could combine my local knowledge with my mastery of the tourism industry to make sure that visitors have a fantastic time in my city. Over a decade has passed since then, and in that time I like to think that I have established myself as one of the top professional guides in Shanghai.

My Experiences

I am particularly good at leading tours about architecture, art, and history. These are my strengths as a guide, so if these match your interests then you will have an amazing time touring China with me. Architecture plays a huge roll in understanding Shanghai in each of its major historical eras. I can talk about the various architectural style, and relevant stories surrounding them, such as why buildings were built like this at the time, the methods they used to construct the buildings, and what the buildings say about that eras society, culture, and economy. Of course, we will also discuss the actual history of the buildings we see, including what the place was/is used for and its historical origins.
 
In addition, I have also immersed myself in Chinese religion, especially Zen Buddhism. Chinese temples, especially Buddhist temples, have so much detail and require so much cultural context to properly appreciate. Being a guide for more than 10 years has provided me with the experience to understand how to explain concepts of Chinese culture and religion to foreigners in a way that they can really get the most out of their experience. I can also cater my tours further to match my clients’ specific country of origin, as well as their physical, emotional, and intellectual needs during their travel.
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Language(s)

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Chinese
Fluent
Dialect
Fluent
English
Fluent

My Impression

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Tours Given

43

Booking Options

Booking here gives you access to any of this guide's tours. We will follow up to confirm which tour/s you are interested in. Please pay attention to whether the tour requires a car.

Language Competency Levels

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These descriptions should reflect the level of competency of the working language of a guide.

Basic

-You understand simple phrases and can communicate only basic ideas. These basic ideas include: Greetings, yes, no, simple directions, telling the time. You can express yourself but only to a certain point. You are able to readand write with limited comprehension, and repeat yourself more than once.

Conversational

-You are able to better express yourself and give clearer explanations and directions. You can read and understand most information and are able to read it back to the Traveler in a way that he or she can understand. You may have to repeat yourself more than once.

Advanced

- You can write, read, and speak with very few errors. Communication is clear and you have excellent control over the language. You can translate fromyour language to the other quickly and you very rarely repeat yourself. You can express yourself and can talk about more abstract things; science, politics, philoophy, history, without any problems.

Fluent

- You have native* control of the language. You articulate clearly and effectively, and you do not have to translate between your language and the other. You make few, if any, grammatical mistakes. Linguistic expression comes naturally and you have no problems working in that language.

* Native control means you speak as if you were a native speaker of that language; you have grown up with, been educated in, and spoken that language your entire life

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