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Travel Consultant:Miranda Zhang

After living in the Guilin as a child, I studied and lived in Beijing during my course. Beijing was the ideal base for travelling around China, visiting major cities in North and archaeological sites, as well as learning about the local culture and traditions. I have since spent 3 years in Guangzhou travelling around the nearby areas, confirming my interest and passion in travel---that's why I was coming back to my hometown---so called the most beautiful city under heaven and chose to be a travel consultant in Odyssey.

As an Odyssey travel consultant, I met our local fantastic guides, found great new places to stay and really extended my knowledge of the cuisine, culture and must-see places. Now I get to share everything that is wonderful and special about China with people every day and make dream trips a reality. It is my honor to bring you a fantastic journey!



Reviews of China Odyssey Tours' Service:

February 10th, 2017

We took the trip to China in 2015. Miranda Zhang was our advisor. We can not thank her enough for the planning of our travel. This was our first visit to China, and she really advised us on where to go and what to see on the first trip. Everything was organized well and worked without any problems. She even called us while we were in Beijing to make sure that we were taken care of. We look forward to our future trips with Odyssey Tours, and have recommended it to our friends. Thank you, Miranda!

February 3rd, 2017

October 2017 we organised our 2nd tour of China with Miranda from My Odyssey Tours and again Miranda did a wonderful job. Miranda organised everything all we had to do was get our visa, pack our bags and make sure we were on our plane. The guides, Alice in Shanghai, who took us to a great dumpling restaurant for lunch & Mo in Beijing were very good and really looked after us. Hotels where also excellent and our lunches were great. Miranda also helped by suggestion Restaurants for our evening meals.I would really recommend My Odyssey Tours and Miranda to book your holiday to China.

January 13th, 2017

I was recommended Miranda from friends who booked with her in 2015 for a Chinese trip. I have followed suit and have since effortlessly planned and booked a trip with Miranda for March 2017.

December 19th, 2016

We had a fabulous trip to China in 2014 which we booked through Miranda at Odyssey Tours. Everything was taken care of from start to finish, and Miranda was very responsive and easy to communicate with via email. We were able to customize the trip to include sights that we wanted to see, and to adapt to the schedule we wanted to not tire out our young kids. We had excellent tour guides who were courteous, helpful and super knowledgable. One of our favorite vacations ever! Thank you!

December 12th, 2016

Wow, Three of us undertook a trip through China in July 2015!which was planned and assembled by Miranda of Odyssey Tours. What a success she made of the whole thing! Absolutely flawless arrangements and charmingly friendly service. We would highly recommmend this company and indeed Miranda as a tour planner. Thank you so much for making our lives so easy on our trip! Jimmy van Tonder, Louis Nel and Margie Basson (Cape Town, South Africa).

December 12th, 2016

Two years ago, Miranda helped me arrange a three week trip throughout China for my family. I told her the types of areas we wanted to see and she arranged the rest. I don't know how we could have had such a wonderful adventure without her guidance and expertise! Everything was so smooth; every transition, from city to city, was seamless. We visited Shanghai, Suzhou, Tunxi, Guelin, Hangzhou and Beijing; we hit all the highlights as well as some less touristy areas in each of these cities. We were given guidance but plenty of independence to explore on our own. I highly recommend Miranda to anyone wishing to book a life-changing adventure! Furthermore, we plan to return to China (our daughter will be studying there) in 2018 and we hope to use her help again.

July 11th, 2016

First off, I would like to thank Miranda Zhang, our personal travel consultant, from China Odyssey Tours. Our family holiday in China would not have been possible without her. She began helping us plan this trip in July 2014. She was very accommodating, helpful, understanding and patient in making the necessary changes to our itinerary. We had a wonderful an 11-day trip. This trip was a gift for my grandma, so she could revisit the places she spent her childhood in Hong Kong and China. From the moment we landed everything ran smoothly. The food we ate in each city we visited was amazing!! We loved being able to sample many specialty dishes from each city! I would like to thank all the guides and drivers in the cities we visited. They personalise our tours by adding destinations we asked to see. All our guides were very knowledgeable on the locations we visited. I particularly enjoyed the local historical talks they gave. Our guide for Hong Kong was Chas. I would like to thank him for writing our itinerary and the names of the additional places we visited, in Chinese, for my grandma. The first part of the tour was a half day tour in the northern territory of the island, where we were got to see how people used to live. My family loved walking around the village markets there. We got to sampled the best local fresh fruit produce. Chas also took us on a One-day Island & Kowloon tour, which included visiting many popular Hong Kong attractions. This tour included picturesque Victoria Peak, Kowloon Bay and many temples. We had planned to visit the Avenue of Stars, however it was closed. Instead we went to Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden, which has been used for film locations for many Chinese films that my family love. It was a real treat being able to see this place. Our guide for our one-day tour to Macau was Lynn, who was a walking encyclopaedia! I loved learning about the history of Macau, especially the influence of Western culture and religion has had on Macau. In Macau, we visited many of the casinos to see the family entertainment they provide. My favourites are the Venetian Casino and the Dream Casino. Lynn also took us to the Koi Kei Bakery and showed us where to find Portuguese tarts. I wanted to buy lots of Koi Kei’s specialty biscuits for friends and family back home but there wasn’t enough room in my luggage.Our guide for Shenzhen and Zhongshan was Jenny. In Shenzhen we visited Windows of the World and Splendid China theme parks. Seeing replicas of so many famous land marks make all the walking worth it. At Splendid China, I got to dress up as my favourite Princess Pearl character! – So excited! We also saw two shows. The costumes and the acting was spectacular! Another highlight for me was The Dafen Painting Village. It was a sunny day, so we were able to see the artists painting outside. I ended up buying two paintings.Our last stop was Zhongshan. Our visit to this city was for my grandma to see the house she grew up in. I would like to thank Jenny and her driver for helping us search for my grandma’s childhood home, even though it was a tremendous task. I love that while we were in Zhongshan we were able to visit the local museum Thank you Odyssey Tours for organising such a memorable trip for my family! Will definitely recommend you to my family and friends!

July 11th, 2016

This is the second time we have booked a tour with China Odssey (My Odyssey Tours) and both times our experience with them has been wonderful. Miranda Zhang in their Guilin office in China organised both trips for us. I had a very specific idea of the places I wanted to go to, the sights I wanted to see and the accomodation I wanted to stay in, so Miranda was very good at incorporating all my ideas into the trips to make them fabulous! If anything arose like problems with flights I had booked myself through a different travel agent, she was there to help and do what she could. We knew throughout the trip that Miranda was just a quick phone call away if there was anything we needed and that was very reassuring. As for the places we went to, well both trips were to China. During our first trip 2 years ago we saw: (Shanghai), Guilin and Yangshuo, Chengdu, Xian and Beijing. This time we wanted to visit places with natural beauty so we decided on some mountainous areas like Zhangjiajie (famous because the scenery featured in the film Avatar), Mount Huangshan and Tibet. In each place we had an excellent guide and driver who brought us from place to place, booked tickets for us, helped us order food in restaurants etc. The experience was completely stress free and it is a wonderful way to travel. Mandarin Chinese is a hard language to learn so knowing that your guide is there to interpret for you is great. It also takes the stress out of trying to work out what ticket for entrance to an attraction you should buy and trying to explain that to someone behind the counter in Chinese etc. I am generally a very independent person and like working things out on my own but I really feel that we couldn't have done this trip without our guides and without China Odyssey tours. Even purely from the point of view of time, knowing you don't have to wait for a bus etc. and that your driver will take you to the next attraction means that you can fit in a lot more in each day. I would highly recommend My Odyssey Tours to other travellers. We booked a second time with them because we were so impressed with our first tour, and if we were going back to this part of the world would without hesitation book with them again. It is often hard on the internet to know what tour operators to trust, especially if you are planning a big tour so I am very glad we stumbled upon China Odyssey during our online research.

September 16th, 2015

Thank you to China Odyssey for making our recent trip to China a memorable experience. I would like to give Miranda a six out of five stars for her assistance in helping us plan this trip. Her interest in putting together an itinerary tailored to our particular interests was very much appreciated. Miranda was always pleasant, helpful and attentive.From the guides, drivers, transportation,accommodations, attractions, etc everything was as we discussed and we were beyond pleased. I have never received better customer service. Thank you Miranda!

September 2nd, 2015

Gday, I am to be embarking to Beijing and Xian next week. I had plans already on what i wanted to do, where to stay etc and after a bit of research online decided to contact Odyssey China to put it all together. I am sure i was one of the 'difficult ones' as im pretty stubborn and knew what i wanted. Miranda Zhang replied to my enquiry promptly and was just amazing. She helped me piece it all together, answered all my questions and offered advice when i asked.I couldn't recommend her enough. Very polite and understanding towards me. In fact, when i first contacted Odyssey my plan was for a tour here or there. Due to Miranda's exceptional customer service i ended up letting her book the whole trip and i couldn't be happier with the result so far.As only seeing a small part of China this time around, I'm sure I'll be back before long and i would not hesitate in contacting Miranda again to begin planning the next trip.
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