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Hi, I'm Mark Zhou!

Shanghai · Male

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About Me

I am a local Shanghainese guy who was part of the first wave of people to work in the foreign-facing tourism industry as a concierge. Leaving the hotel and becoming a tour guide was a natural decision to me, as I have always craved a lifestyle that comes with more freedom and intellectual stimulation. As a tour guide, I have the opportunity to spread my knowledge and insights about China and its place in the world to foreign visitors.

I have always been a history, politics, and social studies lover. I am well-read in these fields. I can go into a lot more historical detail than most guides, and like to discuss certain eras of Chinese history that most other guides will overlook completely because they have never studied them before. In addition, I’m also fascinated with contemporary Chinese history, and can provide local perspectives about touchy subjects like the cultural revolution and other contemporary historical events and changes in Chinese society that most guides don’t like to discuss. I think that as citizens of PRC, these are part of our history that we should always remember. To foreigners, if they have the chance to know these crucial histories, they will better understand the modern country of China and how it thinks and acts as a nation today.

My Experiences

I have been living and breathing in this city for all 47 years of my life. In that time, the one thing that has always stood out to me is how diverse and unique Shanghai is. If you join me for a tour, I will take you to experience some of the many different lifestyles and sub-cultures within Shanghai. From experiencing the century-old shikumen (stone-gate) buildings and the locals who still live in them today, to navigating the winding back lanes of downtown Jiangning, a Neighborhood of Jing’an, to exploring the marriage market in People’s Square, there is a lot to do and see in this massive city. I don’t just want to show you the “best of Shanghai,” I want to show you a local and authentic Shanghai that gives you a true feeling for this city and its people.
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-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.


-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.


- 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.


- 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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