Posted by Noodlesz (666 days ago)
If you friend doesn't mind getting to China herself, she can book cheap tours with guides and transport once arrived. The hotels can help obtain tours for much cheaper when you are in the mainland. Or you can search the travel forums around the web for guides others have used.
You can probably daily hire a car & driver for 500 RMB and a guide for a couple hundred more.
(I am based in Hong Kong)