This is a long overdue recommendation for Dai Li (Dai20008@yahoo.com.cn)
My fiance and I was from USA and in general we dont need "tour guides" but more of a driver.
Being both engineers and budget conscious, we always look for the best priced drivers and honest ones. We are very careful about not getting "tour guides" that takes us to tourist traps where they will receive commission.
In Xian, we used Dai Li as our driver. . We asked him to take us to see Wu Zetian tomb and a couple other attractions in the area. It was a whole day trip and at the end was the dumpling dinner and the tang dynasty show.
We search on this forum before our trip and found Dai Li. Yet we did not book him before we get to Xian because we didnt know our schedule. However since we had his contact, we were able to call him and he responded right away and picked us up right on time at the hotel the next morning. He is also very affordable and gave us a fair price for our trip (trust me, my other half is very frugal and fair). We dont like to be overcharged, but we dont want to unpaid others either. Dai Li gave us the fair good value price for the places we wanted to go to.
My fiance is really picky and usually suspicous of tour guides (sometimes we get the ones that take us tourist trap place for commission). However we were really happy with Darren. He takes you where you need to go - basically on the the best tour guides we ever had. He doesnt make you feel too intruding and lets you go where you want and give you ideas.
Even after we paid him and we thought everything was completely and our service was finished (when he dropped us at the Dynasty Show) - as we wanted. When we got out of the show and dinner (2 or 3 hours later), it was raining and we were scrambling. However, Darren came running to us and pointed us to a buggy and told the driver to take us home. He must have realized it was raining (we didnt know because we were inside) and we will be soaking wet because we didnt have an umbrella. Overall we highly recommend him.
Darren is a guide for that is knowledgeable, honest, responsible and cost effective. We traveled quite often, so we know a good tour guide when we get one.
Anyone who wants to talk to directly to us, can send us a message, we will be happy to help you on skype. We want you to know we are not a tour guide, but actually the real travelers. We would like to help other travelers as many of those who helped us when we planned our trip to Xian last year. Jason - Anna
Tour Guide we used in Xian:
Dai li (Darren)
cell phone: +86 13679168961Edited: 10:14 pm, April 16, 2013