Elena Luo
 "A local guide on the off-beaten trail in Yunnan"
Kunming, Lijiang, Yuanyang, Yunnan Province, China
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Fee Per Hour: $10

Fee Per Day: $82

Gender: Female
Transportation: Private bus
 Private car
 Public transportation
English Level: Fluent
Services Provided: Tour guide
 Business assistant
 Car rental
 Airport/train station pickup
 Ticket booking
 Hotel reservations
Phone Number: +86 182 8889 0831
Other Contact Info: privateyunnantour@yahoo.com

Link: Local Guides Yunnan
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Member for 5 years 2 weeks

About me:

  Hello, Dear Travel Lovers!

  Welcome to Yunnan, my beautiful homeland!
  I've been a private tour guide since 2009, in Yunnan. I offer tailored tours to Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Shangrila, as well as to Dongchuan Red Land, Yuanyang Rice Terraces, Bamei & Puzhehei in Wenshan. My focus is to take people to places where it's authentic to absorb the beautiful nature, try wonderful local food,  interreact with beautiful people, and to experience the truthfullness of local culture.
  Growing up in the countryside of Yunnan, i always enjoy nature and value organic living so much.
  Graduated from English Major, i learned to speak, read and write English very well, yet am still helpless when it comes to numbers and years of history.
  Having been travelling around to different countries, and been in contact with people from all over the world, i learned to perceive things from different perspectives. And somehow i understand the place where you are, when you start planning a trip to different countries. Having been guiding for over 8 years, i really see that people have different expectations and interests for their holiday. So just drop a note here, and let me  know your idea of the trip, and budget as well, then i'll be able to tailor a wonderful trip for you, at any budget.

  Have a wonderful day!

  With a smile,


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Reviews of Elena Luo
Re: Elena's Off-Beaten Path
Last updated:  May 12, 2015  Posted: May 11, 2015
Author:  Molothis

We are an expat family of 4 who live in Hong Kong and travelled to Lijiang and Shangrila for a week end of April 2015. 

I'm so pleased we had Elena as our Tour Guide because she speaks English fluently with an extensive vocabulary and is easy to understand.  Elena is very knowledgeable in her trade and provides a much-needed filter to weed out activities which you might think you like but in fact, do not meet your needs. Because she is a good judge of character and needs, she recommends what is right for you and therefore you avoid wasting time and money and at the end of your holiday, you have all good experiences only.

Her narrative on the Naxi, Bai and other tribes and peoples and regions, Chinese culture and customs, festivals and foods - were all pedagogic and interesting. She paces herself well and gets the right balance in how much she speaks and interacts with you and your family and how much she lets you be in silence or between yourselves to appreciate your surroundings quietly or intimately. 

As she loves nature and animals, and as our kids also do - we spent a lot of time with the wild animals, touching them and even feedling them - that was so remarkable! Amazing connection with the land. 

What impressed me most was Elena's natural ease and grace as a person. You sense that there is no dishonesty in her, no falsehood, and that within is a wonderful, humble and peaceful soul which is rare to find these days. She's real.  

Elena's gentleness and ability to bond with our family and especially with my young kids was much appreciated. She was very generous in sharing her walnuts and snacks with us (and vice versa), my daughter used it mostly to feed the chipmunks in the Pudacuo Park (very very beautiful, a must-see). Elena also went above and beyond her role as a Tour Guide and brought some ancient Chinese natural fruit remedy for coughs for my husband who was coughing quite a bit. 

I really felt that she was looking after us, not just as her job as a Tour Guide, but that she took us under her wing to make sure all was ok for the whole duration of our time together, advising us to drink sip water often, how to dress for the next day given the destination etc. In Shangrila, when I said I had a headache and was feeling very tired, she took me to a Chinese pharmacy to get some high-altitude Chinese medicine which instantly reduced my symptoms. This was quite a miracle! Otherwise I would have suffered for 3 days...

I would definitely recommend Elena to anyone who's looking for a Tour Guide in Yunnan and the other regions she serves. Her fees are reasonable compared to others (I had checked out 3 in total) and the car/driver she got was very comfortable with seat belts (very important because many cars/7 seaters which are cheaper do not have seat-belts), air-con, and large comfortable cushioned seats. 

Thank you Elena for taking such good care of us! 



Elena's Off-Beaten Path
Last updated:  Feb 26, 2015  Posted: Feb 26, 2015
Author:  colinleekl



Re: Elena Luo
Last updated:  Oct 28, 2014  Posted: Oct 28, 2014
Author:  vennorman

Accommodating, intelligent, knowledgeable, refined and beautiful inside and out is the way I would describe Elena. Her tours are tailor made to fit your every need. I was  impressed with her spiritual seeking as both a human being as well as a guide. I was interested in exploring the most remote temples and that experience she fullfilled. I don't believe anyone but Elena could have orchestrated a more rewarding experience for me. Her very presence at the different temples and monasteries caused the caretakers to invite us to dine with them in the most extraordinary settings of the ancient ruins of these centuries old structures.  Elena is very humble and her statement about herself on this website reflects this virtue. She is gifted as a tour guide. She is ambitious yet seeks to live modestly. Her drivers were kind and careful and helpful. I cannot imagine having made my way through her land without having secured her as my guide. There are no words that even begin to reflect the true concern she has for her travelers, their safety and the certainty of having fun exploring whatever her clients desire. May you have her guide you on a mountain top or in the midst of the biggest cities;  you will be lead on a comfortable journey that will embed in your memory like the sparkle of a diamond.


Elena Luo's Tours
Author: Elena Luo
4 to 8 hours

  Pick you up from hotel, visit the exciting local morning vege market, walk around the old town through the back lanes to the main squares, we can even climb 100 steps higher to get an overal view of the town. Then walk 10 minutes from the northern entry to Black Dragon Pool, enjoy walking around the water pond, and take the best photo from Lijiang.

Author: Elena Luo
3 to 5 days

Amazing Puzhehei, Bamei and Babao Village in Southeast Yunnan     

Author: Elena Luo
4 to 8 hours

  Hire a local minivan, and drive 20 minutes out of town, to Shika Snow Mt.. Shika Snow Mt. has got 2 levels of cable cars. First one takes you up to 3600 meter above sea level, where has a big wide grassland for yaks, and you can walk radomly, saying hi to yks, and listen to the sound of silence, feel the sun beam on your skin.

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