One of the best aspects of Imaginative Traveller is our fantastic Destination Managers. These are our representatives based in the destinations where they operate, plan and manage our tours. This means every year they know exactly what is going to be an up and coming destination for travellers, and if there are are ever any problems on the ground they can act quickly.
Meet JP - an experienced tour-leader and now Destination Manager based in China!
How long have you worked with Imaginative Traveller? I have been working for Imaginative Traveller since June 2001.
Where is your office located? July this year I moved the office from beautiful Yangshuo to the more convenient city Shenzhen. Shenzhen is a city of 10 million people just across the border from Hong Kong. I still have Jasmine and Angela working in Yanshuo, but Jasmine will move to Shenzhen beginning of next year and then no more office in Yangshuo.
Best local food dish? I love seafood and there is a lot of good seafood in Shenzhen.
Favourite Imaginative Traveller tour in your destination? I think China Explored is fantastic . It's a briliant way to see a lot of the popular destinations in China, plus get off the beaten track and see Chengdu, an amazing chance to see the highlights of traditional China. And you go to the Chongquig panda research base, and combine it all with a Yangtse river cruise - brilliant tour!
Best bar to start a night out in the city/town you live in? In Shekou (Shenzhen) there is a Irish pub MacCawleys with TIGER beer and a great band - perfect start to a night out!
Where did you go on your last Imaginative Traveller tour? I just finished leading Vietnam Explorer a great trip from Hanoi to Saigon. Both the group and I enjoyed the trip very much.
Your favourite place in the world? I do love Vietnam - Saigon Oi troi oi!!!!
What was the last thing you took a photograph of? On the way up from Mekong delta I took pictures of about 6 sheep's in bags back on a motorbike.
What was the last book that you read? Last book I finished was "River of Times" by John Swain, 3rd time and highly recommended. At the moment I am reading "Zero hour in Phnom Penh" by Christopher G. Moore.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would you live? Maybe Saigon!!
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