The MTR Corp invited me to visit Chaozhou recently, and though we didn't stay long, the trip was nicely set up and we got to see many places.
Later, as I thanked the four beautiful ladies responsible for making the arrangements, I discovered one of them is newspaper veteran Lee Cho-jat's daughter Yvonne.
Yvonne used to be manager of culture tours at Lotus Tours. After the agency was acquired by Australian interests it focused its business on airline ticket booking.
So Yvonne then set up her own operation, specializing in custom-designed, in-depth cultural tours.
The company has been running for many years now and has a team of experienced tour guides. Still, Yvonne sometimes leads tour groups herself at the request of the travelers.
Cultural and special interest tours are in vogue, and I asked Yvonne for some travel tips.
She said her company is running quite a few tours to Yunnan, and it will be a good time to visit the provincial capital, Kunming, in a few months, for matsutake mushrooms, a prized delicacy, will be in season then.
Another hot Yunnan destination is Tenchong. Located near the border with Myanmar, it is rated one of 10 most famous towns in China.
It boasts hot springs, including the famous Rehai Daqunguo, Big Boiling Cauldron, and the Chinese Expeditionary Force Memorial Museum where you can find the country's only legal display of the blue sky, white sun flag.
With natural scenery and historical backgrounds, these places are ideal holiday destinations for middle-class travelers looking for in-depth experiences.
Siu Sai-wo is publisher of Sing Tao Daily