“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!


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 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.


Alexandra is a final-year undergraduate in Chinese at Christ’s College, Cambridge. She has just returned from a year abroad at Peking University, where she lived with a Chinese host family and drank a lot of tea. When in Beijing, she loves taking photographs and exploring the city with Chinese friends. She also spent a lot of time travelling in China, from Harbin to Hainan. Her home is in London but her family also come from Turkey and the US, and she enjoys travelling to see them. However, her favourite city might well be picturesque Cambridge and she is looking forward to showing you its sights. When she’s not studying in Cambridge, she enjoys watching films, drinking tea, learning Chinese internet slang, and reading fiction. Her academic research includes Chinese luxury shopping in London, so she can also give tips about having fun in the capital!


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.


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.


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!


Alice is our Oxford guide, and as a final-year undergraduate majoring in Chinese at Pembroke College, is well placed to introduce you to this beautiful city and its quirky history. She first took up Chinese in secondary school, in equal parts for her interest in Mandarin and China itself. Since then, she has continued to grow more excited by the stories behind the chengyu as well as her studies into the effects of the growth of the internet on modern society. She studied at Peking University for a year. During this period, not only did Alice attend class and join the karate society, but more importantly she made sure to take all opportunities to try every single Chinese dish she came across. For now, the favourite is mapo doufu, but any and all recommendations of new dishes are always welcome. This aside, she is an avid train-traveller, as well as a Roger Federer fan and regular runner.


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.


Abigail is from a small village in Aberdeenshire, in the Northeast of Scotland. She studied her undergraduate degree in Chinese and French at the University of Edinburgh, during which time she spent a year studying in Hangzhou, in China’s Zhejiang Province.

After completing her degree, Abigail jumped on the first opportunity that came around to travel back to China, taking on a British Council scholarship to study for 5 months in Fuzhou, in China’s eastern Fujian Province. Lured in by the adorable, dopey pandas of China’s Sichuan Province, Abigail then moved to Chengdu to complete a 5-month-long internship in an international hotel. During her recent adventures in China, she made use of her language skills, organising and interpreting at events for hotel guests from all over the world.

Abigail has now returned to her favourite Scottish city, Edinburgh, to pursue a Master’s degree in Interpreting and Translating at Heriot Watt University. Taking a brief pause from her much-loved hobby of spontaneous global travels, Abigail also enjoys playing rugby and trampolining. As a true Scottish lass, she loves introducing visitors from far and wide to the Scottish delights that Edinburgh has to offer.


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


Our Chinese Sales and Marketing Manager, Min, worked in the travel industry in China for many years before settling in London. She obtained master’s degrees in International Tourism Management in the Netherlands and the UK, researching the travel expectations of Chinese tourists to Britain in her thesis.

She is a keen photographer, practices yoga and loves to travel. When travelling, she enjoys hiking, chatting with locals and sampling the local cuisine! She is also interested in fine art museums and learning about the history of a place. In her view, travel should be in depth and travellers should take the time to stop and explore a place, not simply rush through it.

At Beiwei 55º she hopes to open up a new way of travel to more Chinese tourists, giving them access to unique and unforgettable travel experiences.


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!