Joel and Chris White (Hosts) 

Joel & Chris were owners/operators of the Idyllwild Inn in the mountains of Southern California for over 20 years. So with a combined experience in hospitality of over forty years, they love to welcome guests and make their China experience the best possible. Joel is also the GM of UTEC’s parent company, iConnect Consulting.


Cici Lee (Beijing Tour Guide)

Cici is a graduate of the tourism school of Xi’an Foreign Language Study University. She began her career working for 3 years as a local tour guide & national escort for Wendy Wu Tours. Cici also worked as the assistant to the CEO for an Austrian Global Health company, which broadened her understanding and abilities in English. Since 2010, Cici, with her endearing personality and deep understanding of China’s history and culture, is making a great contribution to UTEC’s Beijing tours.


Sissia Zhang (Xi'an Program Co-ordinator)

Sissia studied English and tourism at Xi’an International Studies University before beginning her work as a tour guide. Sissia has worked for CITS and OAT and has licenses as a national and international tour guide. In 2009 she was a Production Assistant for “Kung Fu Kid”, Jackie Chan’s 100th movie. Sissia believes that everyone should “读万卷书,行万里路” (read ten thousand scrolls, travel ten thousand miles.)