June 22, 2017

Booking homely atmosphere abroad

The family moves into a new house
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Wang Xiaochuan, 40, a restaurant owner in Beijing, had visited Japan 15 times, but the very thought of her 16th trip made her nervous. Her anxiety during the run-up to the February visit arose from the realization that this time she would be traveling with her aged parents and in-laws. The four septuagenarians had never been abroad.

“The anxiety haunted me for weeks until my husband turned to Zhubaijia for help,” she said. The Shenzhen-based company, usually seen as China’s answer to Airbnb Inc, has gone far beyond simple offers of domestic and overseas vacation rentals.

“Its service is really impressive,” Wang said. After she booked an old villa in Kyoto, the company’s employees helped her deal with tasks like booking restaurants and hiring a car (whose driver later doubled up as a guide-cum-photographer).

“I used to resist the idea of renting someone’s house. But this trip made me realize that the money saved in homestays can help pay for other value-added services.”

Like many outbound Chinese tourists, […]

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