Elena Luo
 "A Local Expert on the Off-Beaten Trail. Discount for Kids' Family."
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: Elena's Travel Guide
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About me:

  Hello, Dear Travellers!

  Welcome to my beautiful homeland, Yunnan!

  This is Elena from Yunnan. I have been a profeesional private guide throughout Yunnan since 2009. I offer tailored tours to Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Shangrila, as well as to Dongchuan Red Land, Yuanyang Rice-Terrace Fields. My focus is to take people to places where it's authentic to absorb the traditional local culture, enjoy beautiful scenery, try wonderful local food,  and intereact with beautiful people along the way. Every day is such excitement!

  I grew up in some deep mountains in Yunnan. My mother was planting rice when i was on the way. She couldn't wait to go home but gave birth under a big rock, by the patty fields.  My childhood was lots of fun in the wild mountains. But every time when I looked up and saw the white clouds above the blue mountains, there is an urge from inside, the longing for going beyond, and see the unknown world.
  So i studied very hard in school, and finally became the first
university student throughout my little town.  And i was feeling so much gratitude towards my humble parents, who supported me all the way through, which was unbelievable for a country family at that time.   

  After getting an English-Teaching degree from Yunnan Normal University, amazingly, I was sent to Thailand and started teaching Mandarin there. My life to the outer world was extended. I was so excited, and had so much fun living in another beautiful country like Thailand. I still keep on going back even after the teaching job finished, not only for the wonderful things, but also for the wonderful spirit that this country is able to offer, which is meditation and yoga retreat. From 2012-14, I was spending lots of time in the tropical bushes, meditating with  monks and fellows from different parts of the world. Beside Thailand I also enjoyed travelling to some other interesting countries in southeast Asia, as well as Srilanka and Austrilia.
  In 2014, i started taking a seminar given by Bijan Anjomi, and my
life changes tremendously since then. I start laughing more, enjoying dancing, and responding to people with generous smile. I even start going to the gym and exercising myself out. And it feels great. I feel my body energy is building up day by day, so are my inner strength and confidence. For the first time, after living so many years in Lijiang, i start appreciating this beautiful land and the wonderful people.

  I sincerely thank all people who have been contributing to me, in different ways, from where they are. And I thank myself for being so open and brave, developing wonderful qualities along, yet still remaining the humble and simple heart. And I thank all my wonderful & generous clients who came across, who shared their life miracles with me, as well as their wonderful qualities and unconditional love. Lastly, I want to thank you, for being here, and being you.
  I Look forward to sharing part of the journey with you!

  With a smile,

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Reviews of Elena Luo
Re: Elena's Off-Beaten Path
Last updated:  Jun 16, 2016  Posted: Jun 15, 2016
Author:  James from England

My wife and I spent 12 days in China mid-late March 2016, a few days in Beijing, then 7 days touring with Elena in Yunnan province, then a few days in Chengdu.  Overall, we had a great time!  China has really geared up for tourists, and we were very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the tourist facilities (particularly the toilets, which I had feared would not be up to western standards) and the welcoming attitude of virtually all the Chinese people we met. 

We used private guides throughout - the 'big city' guides were all very 'street-wise' and quite business-like, but Elena is entirely different, she is a country girl at heart, and enjoys the simple things in life. 

Travelling with Elena was a real pleasure in so many ways, and our visit to Yunnan Province ranks with our best travel experiences anywhere in the World.  It might be easier if I just give you some 'bullet point' type comments about Elena:

- very knowledgeable, helpful, flexible, enthusiastic
- excellent English
- laughs a lot, fun to be with
- considerate to your needs and preferences; she will take you where you want to go (not the other way around)
- very easy to get on with
- politee, respectful
- completely honest

Elena took us to places off-the-beaten track, and we had experiences and encounters with Chinese people that very few tourists would normally have.  As we wanted to eat local food, everyday Elena would take us for lunch to a local restaurant and we had delicious food.  By 'restaurant' I mean a very small roadside-type eating place, where you select what you want to eat from a cabinet and it's cooked in front of you.  We would always have lunch together with Elena and her driver, who didn't speak any English at all. His Chinese name translated as 'king' so we called him Mr King.  He was absolutely brilliant.  Like Elena in many ways, kind and considerate, as well as being an extremely good and safe driver.  Never once did I fear an accident, and he never once exceeded the speed limit.

I could go on, but you probably are getting my drift by now!  We had a great time with Elena, and I can't imagine there being a better guide to Yunnan than her.  So, I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her to you.


Re: Elena's Off-Beaten Path
Last updated:  May 04, 2016  Posted: May 03, 2016
Author:  roger2016

My wife, son, and I were very fortunate to find Elena available to guide us for 6 days from Dali, through Shaxi, Lijiang, and into Shangri-La in April, 2016. She brought the towns alive with her knowledge of the sites, and stories of the ethnic peoples, their customs, and delicious foods. The restaurants she took us to were wonderful. She is fun to be with because of her kind soul, calming nature, humor, and she also has a good singing voice.  Very attentive to our needs at our pace. We did do a lot and Elena was with us for long hours each day.  It was a delight to go to places off the beaten path, visiting with local families in their homes. All were very welcoming. Even the "Tourist" sights that we visited were enhanced with her guidance. We have no hesitation in highly recommending Elena to guide your trip, for a truly memorable adventure.


Re: Elena's Off-Beaten Path
Last updated:  Apr 28, 2016  Posted: Apr 25, 2016
Author:  sr2015

Lijiang & Shangri-La is among the most beautiful places we have visited in China.
Elena was our guide for travel to Lijiang & Shangri-La during March 2016.  She was very knowledgeable about the various sight-seeing places, places to eat and cost effective options to travel.Despite being a big group ( 6 Adults & 5 kids ) , Elena was able to meet demanding individual preferences of the large group without being stressed.Even engaging the kids on a long ride with intelligent riddles and questions. Would highly recommend Elena as your guide for travel to Lijiang & Shangri-La.


Elena Luo's Tours
Author: Elena Luo
Dates Available: 
Jan 16, 2016 - Apr 15, 2017
7 or more days

   Lijiang-Shangrila-Meili Snow Mt.-Derong-Xiangcheng-Yading-Daocheng-Litang-Yajiang-Xindu Bridge-Seda-Danba-Rilong-Chengdu


Day 1 & 2 Arrive in Lijiang for 1 or 2 days, so your body would slowly get more used to higher altitude. Altitude in Lijiang at 2400 meters.

Author: Elena Luo
Dates Available: 
Jan 14, 2016 - Jan 10, 2017
7 or more days


  Day 1 Arrive in Kunming, can visit Green Lake and Bird and Flower Market if time allows. O/N Kunming

Author: Elena Luo
Dates Available: 
Feb 12, 2016 - Apr 04, 2017
7 or more days

 The following is comfortable timing to different destinations for photo points.

To Dongchuan Red land it takes 3 days.

To Yuanyang Rice Terraces is about 4 days.

To Luoping is about 3 days.

To Puzhehei is about 3 days.

To Meili Snow Mountain from Lijiang, takes about 4-6 days.

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Last updated: Jan 11, 2016  Posted: Jan 08, 2016
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Last updated: Jul 29, 2015  Posted: Jul 28, 2015
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Last updated: Jan 21, 2015  Posted: Oct 04, 2014
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  There is a local saying that Lijiang is the world of woman, and the heaven for man. When visiting Lijiang, you see women or gilrs are busyy here and there, serving people in local markets, shops, hotels and restaurants. Local women are really running this world well. Lamu and her family's girls are one of these. As a family owned restaurant, all staffs are Lamu's cousins or nieces.


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Last updated: Jan 15, 2015  Posted: Jan 15, 2015
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  Diqing Prefacture, known as the Shangri-la to the outer world, is such a rich, beautiful and mysterious land for Chinese and foriegn travellers. Sitting on the highland, with altitude above 3300 meters high, it is still a home for virgin forest, snow capped mountains, wild ferocious animals, beautiful plants and rivers, precious herbs and mushrooms.



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    A village which has been isolated for hundreds of years, all sufficient by itself, and the only channel to connect with the outer world is a cave, where you have to take boat in and out. Is there anything like this, at all? Yes, it's Bamei, about almost 8-10 hours drive from Kunming.


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