Bryan Bai – we had Bryan for 2 full days. The first day we visited the Wild Goose Pagoda (an historical Buddhist site), the Terracotta Warriors (one of the highlights of our trip to China) and the City Wall (a very attractive route to cycle around in the late afternoon sunshine). Another highlight of the day was the food, both at the local noodle restaurant that Bryan took us for lunch and the mutton and soup Dumplings we had in the Muslim Quarter that evening (in a restaurant recommended by Bryan). We started at 8.30am, finished with Bryan just before 6, then spent another few hours in the Muslim Quarter – one of best travelling experiences we have had as a family. The second day was less successful as we had wanted to give the children a relaxing day and for them to see some Pandas. Unfortunately we drove for two hours only to find that the reserve was shut for Panda breeding. We went instead to a local village nearby where Bryan got one of the local people to show us around his house, and then to a park in Xi’an (part of our original itinery). However, this day was a bit of a let-down, especially after such a great first day, though I would add, in Bryan’s defence, that other tourist vans were turning up to find the same thing, and it seems that the shutting of Panda Reserve was spontaneous and poorly advertised. Overall, we found Bryan to be very knowledgable, affable and helpful and after our excellent first day I would definitely recommend him if you need a guide in Xi’an.