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“The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them”

– Amelia E. Barr, British novelist

We know it’s important to be in good company when exploring a country. At Beiwei 55º, we believe that nobody is better equipped to show you around the real Britain, than the British themselves, and that’s why all of our guides are British born and bred.

Our local British guides make up the very fabric of the country you are visiting (they may even have grown up in the regions you are touring), they know the ropes and they understand the way things work.

Most importantly of all, each of our British guides speaks a very high standard of Mandarin Chinese. They have studied the language to degree level at acclaimed British universities and have also spent time living, travelling and working in China, making many Chinese friends in the process!

If you require a word-perfect guide from your own country, then please consult other tour operators that offer native Chinese guides here in Britain. However, if you want to experience Britain with a friendly British guide that speaks high levels of Chinese, and will show you the real Britain from a local’s perspective, then look no further.

Click here to see videos of our native British Mandarin-speaking guides on Youku!

JAY
史杰

JAYJay is from County Durham in the North East of England and studied Chinese and Spanish at the University of Leeds. As well as a first class degree with a distinction in both spoken languages, he has nearly two and a half years’ experience working, travelling, living and studying in China. He has worked as a Tour Guide and Tour Operations Manager in Shanghai and Beijing, appeared on Chinese national television and also worked for NGOs in China.

Jay is passionate about languages, travelling, Chinese and Chuanr (lamb kebabs to all those who haven’t yet visited China) as well as enjoying socialising with friends of all nationalities, often accompanied with a good bottle of Chinese liqueur or baijiu.

As well as travelling as much as possible, Jay very much enjoys hiking, and has done so all over the world; Britain, South America, Spain and China to name but a few. Within China he has worked on farms in Sichuan and Hunan, climbed three of China’s greatest mountains, and hopes to climb a lot more in the future!

His previous academic work has focused on the overall effect of social reform in China since 1979, the impact of growing Chinese international tourism worldwide and the growing pressure on China’s social security system.

EVE
白一冰

Eve Baker / 白一冰Growing up in the south of England near Royal Windsor, then moving north to Yorkshire for her studies (and her love of Yorkshire tea), before finally settling in London, Eve has first-hand knowledge of life at both ends of the country.

Eve has been lucky enough to travel all over the world but she is still amazed at the hidden beauty of Britain, and one of her favourite places on the planet is still the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

Before Eve discovered the joys of travel, her passions lay in sport and she competed for her country in swimming events at a young age. Her dream has always been to swim the English Channel but other adventure challenges keep distracting her, including the Great Wall of China half marathon, in which she was the first female to cross the finish. Of course, she wouldn’t be truly English were she not mad about football, and she has supported Manchester United (and fancied David Beckham) from the age of about 5.

Eve has spent over three years working, living and studying in China. She obtained a first class honours degree in Chinese from the University of Leeds and was awarded the prestigious Confucius Institute prize for her language skills.

SIENNA
巴欣晏

Sienna is our Bath guide. She was born in Bath and loves to show off her beautiful home city to visitors from the UK and around the world. She became passionate about Chinese history, culture and language when she was 12 years old, and started studying Mandarin as a teenager. After finishing university in 2006 Sienna moved to Beijing, where she studied Chinese language at Qinghua University and stayed in the city until the Beijing Olympics. She then spent nine months in London getting her MA in Chinese Studies before returning to Beijing for another five years. She returned to Bath in 2014 but has kept a strong connection with China, editing and co-writing a book on Chinese tourism, as well as running social media accounts for Bath’s Museum of East Asian Art.

DAVINA
山娜

As a lover of languages and travel, meeting new people and sharing stories has always been a passion of Davina’s. She was born in London but grew up in Winchester, in Hampshire, before moving to Edinburgh to study Chinese and French. Her time there was hugely rewarding and she graduated with a first class degree. One of the most invaluable opportunities Davina had while studying was spending a year abroad at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where she made the most of every chance to get on the road and explore China. She also worked part time for a Chinese independent travel company specialising in city tours of Beijing. Davina moved back to London in 2015 to pursue a career in travel & tourism. She loves putting her Mandarin to good use when guiding for us, as well as getting to meet new people and sharing her love of the city and the epic sights it has to offer!

NICK
白天明

Nick has spent the last six years to-ing and fro-ing from Hangzhou in China’s Zhejiang province, each trip devising a new pretext for smuggling sack-loads of Chinese tea back to his hometown of London. On top of his love of tea Nick has a soft spot for beer, which he sold and enjoyed with great fervour during his latest stint in China working for a premium beer importer.

In 2013, Nick’s Geography undergraduate course took him to China where he conducted research for his dissertation and made many lifelong friends. He later graduated with first class honours and a school prize for outstanding achievement.

As well as taking language training classes at Zhejiang University, Nick learned Chinese by officiating weddings, correcting police reports and chatting with any Chinese person who would humour him. In his spare time Nick enjoys walking and tending his house plants.

KATE
贝凯依

Kate is from a sleepy little town in Dorset, the rural south of England. Desperate to escape to somewhere a bit more lively, at the age of eighteen she spent a month travelling around China and fell in love with the language, the people and of course the food! She returned to the UK to study French and Chinese at Leeds University, in the north of England. After an amazing four years that took her to Beijing, Paris and the south of France, she graduated with a first class degree with distinctions in both spoken French and spoken Chinese. She then returned to China to study for an MA in Intercultural Communications from Shanghai Theatre Academy, where she specialised in Bilingual Theatre Subtitling, particularly using English, French, Chinese and Italian. Kate then returned to the UK and worked in London for a year before realising that the only place she really wanted to be was Paris – so she’s been there ever since! She is passionate about languages, theatre, and cake – her dream is to open a Parisian cake shop. Kate loves using her Chinese to help new visitors make the most of the city she loves, as well as meeting new people from all around the world.

CATHERINE
艾开恬

Catherine is an Oxford University student and our Oxford guide. She studies MSc Water Science, Management and Policy. In 2014-2015 Catherine studied an intense course in Chinese Language at Tsinghua University as part of her BA degree in Chinese and International Relations at the University of Exeter. She also returned to China in March 2016 to undertake a Study China scholarship in Nanjing University. During her free time, she enjoys cycling, salsa dancing and KTV. She looks forwards to welcoming you to Britain’s oldest University city!

BILL
威廉

Bill is our Liverpool guide, and moved to Guangzhou in early 2009 to learn Mandarin. He spent two years there teaching English, having a lot of fun and studying Mandarin before returning home to Liverpool. However, he missed China so much that he returned in 2011 and spent one year studying further Mandarin at Xi’an Jiaotong University. He loved the whole experience, and has it as an aim in life to continue speaking Chinese, studying Chinese culture and history, and most importantly – eating Chinese food! (Sichuan food is his favourite.) He has fame in his blood, as his family own the world famous Cavern Club in Liverpool, the club where the Beatles started out!

JAMES
金战威

James is a keen history geek, and loves nothing more than a few hours spent discussing interesting historical stories with foreign guests. He studied History and Politics at Oxford University, and followed this with two years spent living and studying in Beijing, including a stint at Beijing Language and Culture University. James guides our tours around the British Museum.

JOHNNY
何哲龙

Johnny comes from a wee town in the Highlands of Scotland called Tain. After a youth of golf, whisky and Highland dancing, he spent four years studying at the University of Edinburgh where he obtained a first class degree in Political Philosophy.

Upon graduation, he obtained a scholarship to learn Chinese in Taiwan, and subsequently spent the next two years learning Chinese at National Taiwan University’s ICLP division.

When Johnny is not thinking about Chinese philosophy and history, he enjoys yoga, KTV, Brazilian Jujitsu and drinking Oolong tea with friends.

Our China Operations Managers

ELENA
黄璐

Elena is originally from Guangzhou, China. She is big fan of the outdoors and the active, travelling and discovering diverse cultures. She spends her spare time travelling and has been to many countries across Asia as well as Europe. After 6 years of “being a Londoner” she still obsesses about exploring the capital and the rest of the country. Britain continues to surprise her and she can’t even imagine what will happen next whilst she is living in this city. She’s met many international friends, and her English friends are still struggling to help her decipher British humour! Elena intends to keep working with both China and Britain, helping British companies better understand Chinese culture and business.

ROXY
冯睿

Roxy is our China Operations Manager, and as a Chinese who Roxyhas
lived and studied in the UK we couldn’t think of anyone better! Now based in Beijing, but originally from Xinjiang, Roxy has worked for Peugeot and Unliever, as well as having a Masters in conference interpreting from the University of Leeds. She travels around China for both business and pleasure, has spent a traditional British Christmas with a British family, and has got to know British pubs by spending many evenings in there with the Brits themselves!