EXPLORE BEYOND CHINA was founded by Belgian Maxime Tondeur in 2018. Growing up recreating the adventures of the great explorers in the countryside, Maxime studied journalism but got bored with theories and hit the road instead, eventually settling in Shanghai back in 2010. The following decade, he spent most of his time guiding and hosting guests for premium tour operators, while refining his understanding of China, its people, history, and culture.
Maxime aspires Explore Beyond to be a platform to introduce travellers to the China many of us grew passionate about, the one beyond the guidebooks and stereotypes, and to provide a meaningful alternative to superficial China tours, with their rushed sightseeing, little flexibility, and mediocre service.
Arguably our most valuable assets, Explorers are the embodiment of our core values and company spirit. No impersonal guides, who recite memorised lines and ‘just do their job’, but instead we present you with engaging hosts, who excel at telling China’s story, who adapt to your (family’s) comforts and expectations, and who make sure you don't need to worry about anything.
We are specialised in 'the next step' of China discovery. We prefer to skip the well-trodden tourist trails, and have you immersed in destinations and experiences generally not accessible to the masses. We leave generic travel to others and instead focus on helping you better understand the Chinese perspective by connecting you to our network of locals for a more authentic introduction to China.
With the exception of hotels, all included services are arranged by and in direct control of Explore Beyond China. Unlike most other providers, we do not outsource any of our ground operations to local or unaffiliated agencies so we remain firmly in control and we can guarantee top quality service yet remain flexible for a continuous customization of your China adventure.
Mail | go (at) explorebeyondchina (dot) com
Phone | +86 one eight one oh one eight five five oh oh seven
Hours | 09:00 - 21:00 (CST)