WildChina & Wendy Perrin Present:
Cash-Free Beijing with Fred He (Event #73)
Join us as we launch our new series, WildChina On The Ground. We’re missing in-person travel, so we’re aiming for the next best thing – virtual travel. Each month we’ll be heading live to a different part of China to bring our favorite experiences to you, wherever in the world you may be.
At WildChina, we believe in showing the real China, so for our first episode we’ll be heading away of the main tourist sites and highlighting local life in Beijing.
We’ll be following WildChina guide, Fred He, as he embarks on his morning commute to our Beijing office, equipped (as is normal in China) with only his phone. He’ll manage transport, buy breakfast, pay back an IOU to a friend, top up phone credit, and pass security clearance at our office building, with zero cash on-hand.
We hope this live hour will give you a peek in to the modern technology that is, for Beijingers, everyday life in the city.
Beijing Guide at WildChina
Fred’s sense of humor and easygoing approach have made him a favorite among clients. He has developed innovative trips around Beijing that go off the beaten path and expose clients to authentic life in the hutong (traditional alleyways).
With clients ranging from 1987 Nobel Prize winner Stanley Cohen and firms like Goldman Sachs and McKinsey to middle school groups, Fred is a versatile guide who adapts extremely well to his clients.
A native Beijinger, Fred graduated from Beijing’s Institute of Tourism with degrees in English and Tourism.
- Mei ZhangFounder and CEO of WildChina
Mei Zhang is the founder and CEO of WildChina. Under her leadership, WildChina flourished from a small Hutong operation into an award-winning business. Mei’s own expertise has led her to win a number of personal awards, including Travel and Leisure’s A-List of Top Travel Advisors, Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialist, and Wendy Perrin’s #WOW List of Travel Experts. Mei is an Aspen Institute China Fellow and currently serves as a member of Harvard Business School’s Alumni Board.