Ellen Lan Private tour guide in Beijing - China

Ellen Lan

Guide profile:

This is Ellen Lan, the licenced tour guide in Beijing. I was born in Inner Mongolia but I live in Beijing for more than 10 years. I love this city, lovely people, its history, culture, unique ancient architecture and amazing modern buildings. Here you will have the full experience of ancient and modern China. I love to share what I know, I see and I feel about this city and really expect you will love this city and enjoy your trip here with my company. It will be your private and personalized tour to exactly suit your special interests and requirements. What i expect is making your trip easily and comfortably with a reliable and wonderful local people, not just the tour guide. I believe people are always the most important thing during the trip and our whole life.

Welcome to Beijing and experience the real Beijing with me.

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Beth D.

Ellen was our guide for two days in Beijing. We originally hired her for a Great Wall visit. She was so good that we booked her for a second day, to visit the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the Temple of Heaven. She is a fabulous guide - knowledgeable, interesting, friendly, and flexible. And her English is excellent. I'd absolutely recommend her.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

I offer services as follows:

1.Private tour guide

2.Business interpreter for factory, suppliers or exhibition visitor

3.Airport Transfer

4.Tailor-made itinerary design

5.Private car or van with experienced driver

6.Food (Muslim restaurant / Local flavor restaurant)

7.Reservation(Hotel, air ticket, train ticket)

Beijing Sightseeing Tours

Beijing highlights cover: Great Wall, Tiananmen Square,Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Ming Tombs,and top attractions include: Lama Temple, Bird's Nest and Water Cube, Beijing Hutong, Prince Gong's Mansion, Beihai Park, Panda Zoo, CCTV Launching Tower, White cloud Taoist Temple, Confucius Temple……, lots of attractions worthy of visiting.

I offer private guide service for a couple of days,one day, half day or hours. Feel free to send me your travel planning or any other questions,it's my pleasure to help you.

Transportation by tour guide:


Public transportation: City public bus, subway, taxi

Private transportation: private car rental with skilled driver (Economy car, luxury car, Mini van)

Tour guide interests:

Visiting my parents,Family outings,Cooking for my family and friends,Music,Making friends with my sincerity.

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Beth D. 23 Apr 2019

Ellen was our guide for two days in Beijing. We originally hired her for a Great Wall visit. She was so good that we booked her for a second day, to visit the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the Temple of Heaven. She is a fabulous guide - knowledgeable, interesting, friendly, and flexible. And her English is excellent. I'd absolutely recommend her.

5 stars Øystein G. 31 Dec 2018

My family had Ellen as a tour guide in Beijing for two days. She proposed a very good program for us. We got to see a lot while still not being to hectic. Ellen was also very flexible to our suggestions. She was very knowledgable about the sights we saw. Except the obligatory sights like Forbidden city and Great Wall, she included some less known, but very interesting activities, like museum of urban planning, acrobatics show, and visit to a Hutong family.

5 stars Susan J. 24 May 2018

Ellen was absolutely fabulous! She has a vast amount of knowledge, very professional, so sweet & we had a wonderful tour with her while we were in Beijing! She made the day really enjoyable!

5 stars Ravi J. 10 Apr 2018

We are from Melbourne, Australia. We were lucky to have had Ellen as our tour guide while we were in Beijing. We had Ellen for 6 days and she was the truly amazing, the best guide we had while we were in China. She planned everything for us and yet she was very flexible and understanding, she had all the local knowledge and took us to restaurants that we fell in love with. We had our elderly parents with us and Ellen was very caring to all their needs, Highly recommend Ellen.

5 stars Laura M. 29 Mar 2018

We had the pleasure of having Ellen as our tour guide for 3 packed days in Beijing for our family of 3 teenage boys. Ellen was perfect: everything was planned out and on time. She was extremely flexible with us and ensured we got to do and see everything we wanted. She was very knowledgeable about the history and shared a lot of insight with us. Without hesitation, would recommend Ellen to anyone visiting Beijing.

5 stars Julian F. 21 Mar 2018

Very knowledgeable and charming guide. Ellen made our Beijing experience informative and fun. Easy to arrange a personalised itinerary. In contrast to big tours, our days with Ellen rather felt like discovering Beijing with a local friend. Highly recommended!

5 stars Andreas E. 29 Jan 2018

My client that had Ellen was very pleased with her and said she was so nice and very good at guiding! So I can gladly reccomend her!

5 stars Lawrence G. 19 Aug 2017

Really good guide, knowledgeable and perfect time management. Took good care of us and able to communicate with us in good English. Strongly recommend and would look for her in the future. If you are first time travelling in Beijing need a guide for sure. Look for Ellen.

5 stars FAI C. 15 Jun 2017

We had a great time with Ellen. There were six of us, 2 kids and my parents, so old and young. Ellen and driver was very flexible on the time and schedule to accommodate my family and made good recommendations on where to eat. We were in Beijing for a week and had Ellen for four days. To my surprise Beijing was very clean, no rubbish on the road and freeways, the public toilets at the major attractions was cleaner than the Toilet in Disney LA, smoking in public was not bad.

5 stars Ming N. 20 Dec 2016

Ellen was most helpful during our stay. She was knowledgeable and informative, and was deft at presenting the facts according to interest rather than being prescriptive. Ellen is a very considerate lady, and my coeliac wife is grateful to her; so also are me and my son. Thank you Ellen.

5 stars Barbara G. 11 Nov 2016

Ellen was fantastic. We had such an amazing time. She adapted the itinerary to our specific needs and interests. She is incredibly knowledgeable about her city and its history. The driver was excellent and always waiting for us at the different meeting points. Ellen took us through the forbidden city using different gates so we stayed away from the crowds and still got to see everything important. The little restaurant along the way to the Great Wall was fantastic.

5 stars Ross C. 10 Nov 2016

Ellen Lan was an outstanding guide with a great command of the english language. She gave us a wonderful overview of Beijing and is a very knowledgeable tour guide. The sites we visited and the historical background she provided allowed us to leave Beijing with a feeling of awe and respect for China and the Chinese people. Ellen is also very personable and patient. We would highly recommend Ellen as a Tour Guide and would use her services again if we ever go back.

Ruth and Ross Charette

5 stars Rajesh M. 22 Jun 2016

From the initial query that we sent to her , the approach of Ms Ellen Lan was very professional , prompt and understanding . On the overall management of tour she gets five stars. Her knowledge of the various attractions is good and she has been able to answer all questions asked by us during the tour . She did very good time management without letting the tour become stressful . Her English communication skills are very good. The tour was most enjoyable . Strongly recommended.

5 stars Richard H. 24 Nov 2015

We are so glad we had Ellen as our tour guide during our first visit to China. Ellen speaks English very well, she is professional, informative, friendly and a pleasure to spend time with. Ellen showed us all the attractions in Beijing, including the Great Wall, in which snow had fallen the day before, and took us to some fabulous local restaurants. She created a wonderful itinerary for us, and we can't thank her enough for giving us some fantastic memories of China! Highly recommended.

5 stars Bob E. 05 Oct 2015

Ellen was absolutely fantastic! I only had two full days in Beijing and wanted to make the most of them. Ellen was the perfect answer. She was super flexible, engaging, interesting and quite fun. I cannot recommend strongly enough!

5 stars Michaela N. 21 Sep 2015

I only had 5 hours time for a short city tour in Bejing. Ellen took me on a wonderful tour through the city. I enjoyed the tour very much and learned much about the Bejing.

5 stars Susan H. 14 Sep 2015

Ellen provided our guests with an excellent service both before and after our arrival in Beijing; she organised airport pickups and responded very quickly to adhoc requests for tours from our 19 guests who had all come to Beijing for my son's wedding. We were all very happy with the flexibility and quality of the tour guide services provided by Ellen and her husband Hawk. Excellent English was an added bonus and both Ellen and Hawk's knowledge made the experience wonderful for everyone.

5 stars Brendan O. 20 Aug 2015

Ellen is an amazing tour guide. I was able to book on late notice and she was able to fit my mother and I into her busy schedule, she is very knowledgeable, speaks great English, and she was very patient and accommodating for my mother, who had to stop frequently because of a disability. I highly recommend Ellen and I would absolutely hire her again on my next trip to Beijing. Thanks Ellen!

5 stars Abbi P. 04 Aug 2015

Ellen is a FANTASTIC guide. We hired her to give us a 2-day tour of Beijing. She understood our dietary restrictions (we keep kosher) and helped us plan an AMAZING two days. She answered every question we had about life in China, gave us amazing history lessons and stories, and handled every tiny detail. And when I spotted a must-buy bag in a little shop, she was happy to stop to accommodate me. :-) We had a blast and finished our China trip on a high note, thanks to Ellen.

5 stars elizabeth F. 15 Jul 2015

Ellen was a really guide: we´ve had a complete visit in Beijing, we´ve learned a lot, she knew everything about the sites.... Besides, she was very kind, efficient, we´ve loved her guidance and we highly recommend her for everyone who wants to visit Beijing area.

5 stars Cynthia A. 08 Jul 2015

My day with Ellen was truly amazing. I was in Beijing on a brief business trip with one free day and I booked her last-minute for a private tour of the city. Being a New Yorker, I specifically requested that we use local transportation and experience the city as much as possible "as locals". Ellen was knowledgeable, thorough, and willing to do as much (or as little) as I wanted. She provided the right combination of friendliness and professionalism, and when we parted, I had a greater understand

5 stars Linus O. 23 Jun 2015

Ellen was everything we had hoped for. During the two days we had her, she tailored the sights, dining and entertainment completely to our needs/wants. Her English is superb, her knowledge of the main attractions of Beijing are vast, and even after the two days we had scheduled her, she helped us through phone whenever we wanted.

Ellen is so much more than a tour guide.

5 stars Lyle H. 15 Jun 2015

Ellen was exactly what we needed in our Beijing tour guide. She tailor designed our tour for just the things we wanted to see. We had great communication before, during and even after our trip. She answered the myriads of questions we had about everything from trip information to daily life details about living in China. She went above and beyond and when we had a luggage issue on our train trip to Shanghai, she handled that on her own time and treated us like a friend would do!!!Book Ellen!

5 stars Bradley T. 21 May 2015

Ellen was terrific. Her English and knowledge were both extensive. We spent three days with Ellen, covering some of the highlights, but also going beyond the normal tourism. We explained to Ellen that we were very interested in understanding better how residents of Beijing typically live. We wanted to understand what it means to live in Beijing. So Ellen developed an itinerary that gave us a walking tour of middle-class neighborhoods and shopping areas. We enjoyed it thoroughly.

5 stars Brad K. 18 Apr 2015

Ellen was MUCH more than I expected. She was kind, welcoming, clear and patient with ALL members of my 4 person group. Traffic was bad going to the wall but she used the time to tell us about the Great Well, some history of China, & a little about what her day to day life is like in China. She was one of the BEST guides I have ever had and I can't recommend her enough! She was truly the high point for everyone that was in our group and she will be a big part of our stories we tell back home!

5 stars Michal L. 15 Apr 2015

Ellen is an exceptional guide, very nice personality, extremely sensitive and responsive to client's needs. She has deep knowledge of Beijing, did a very interesting presentation of the places and answered professionally every question we had. We enjoyed very much our days with her.You won't regret having her as a guide.

5 stars Ana S. 08 Apr 2015

Ellen was completely lovely, gentle and very patient with our small group of four seniors. Her English is perfect and she was more than willing to help us in any possible way. We all fell in love with Beijing and China because of how she guided us through its history, taking us patiently through all the important aspects of the developments and connections with the attractions we visited and would not hesitate to recommend her. She is knowledgeable, attentive, everything went so well.

5 stars Sandy P. 01 Apr 2015

We had the pleasure of touring Beijing with Ellen. She was pleasant, patient and knowledgeable. She was also very accommodating. We had to change the itinerary for personal reasons and she did it with a smile. I had told her I wanted to buy certain items while in Beijing. She was so sweet to remember and make it happen. She made sure we got everything we wanted and needed while on this trip. I highly recommend Ellen for a unforgettable trip to Beijing. She made our trip highly memorable.

5 stars Judith C. 22 Feb 2015

Thank you Ellen for a great tour! Our family was so very happy with Ellen! We learned about Chinese culture and had a wonderful time touring Beijing with Ellen. We highly recommend Ellen, you will not be disappointed! Thank you Ellen, we will send a few pictures soon and we hope you and your family are well! :)

5 stars katrina Y. 08 Feb 2015

Ellen was my private tour guide in the beginning of Feb 2015. She was an amazing tour guide! I didn't want to see the typical tour spots (as I've already seen them) so she took me to other places that I wanted to see. She was great as many things I wanted to do were very last minute and she was extremely resourceful and flexible. I highly recommend her!!

Thanks Ellen for such a great time in Beijing!

5 stars anat Z. 18 Oct 2014

dear ellen and hawk

upon returning home i find it a great pleasure to thank both of you !!

due to a medical condition ellen asked our permission to handle hawk her husband the guiding. ever since our first correspondence i noticed the seriousness proffessionalism and great sence of humor so i was sure i was "in good hands"

hawk was great in every way- knowledge, patience ( we were group of 9, ages 9-65), kind, funny, adjustable and so very very carrying.

we gad great 2 days experience in b

5 stars Marcia L. 04 Sep 2014

Ellen couldn't guide us but she made sure to arrange for Hawk to guide us instead and he was wonderful. The driver and guide were great and we appreciated her making sure we were taken care of while we were in Beijing (which was just for 10 hours... ) All was great. Thanks

5 stars Ana C. Z. 21 Apr 2014

Very nice experience. We enjoyed very much and very well knowledge person of her country.

Thank you,

Mexico Group

5 stars Bill S. 14 Dec 2013

Ellen is the best. She took us everywhere in Beijing and out to the Great Wall. All of our expectations were exceeded. Her English is excellent, she is very knowledgeable of Chinese history, customs, and traditions. and she has a wonderful sense of humor. She even was able to find Chinese vegetarian restaurants for us and she always went the extra mile to make our trip memorable. Highly recommended!

5 stars Susan K. 11 Nov 2013

Ellen was an excellent guide. She was very accommodating with our schedule and packed in as much as she could in the two days we had. Helped organize everything before we even left the US via emails. Very knowledgeable about Beijing history. Filled our heads with facts! Also took us to a restaurant for the best Peking Duck! Ellen is warm and friendly. Great company. Thank you

5 stars Victoria F. 09 Nov 2013

I stayed in Beijing for 5 days in November and was charmed by the city and a wonderfull guide Ellen. She assisted me and cared of me. She met my every wish with open heart and open mind. Ellen knows everything about Beijing and its environments and shares her knowledge and her love to Beijing with her guests. She made the best schedule; we ate at restaurants where local people eat; she even assisted me in tea shopping. She is very professional, friendly and positive! Highly recommended!

5 stars Corrado G. L. B. 28 Oct 2013

I add my compliments to those of the other tourists that have had the pleasure to be guided by Ellen. She has organized for me a three days tour of Beijing which included the most beautiful places of the town. Feel free to ask Ellen any detail concerning the place you are visiting: you'll be surprised by her preparation. The professionalism of Ellen is further enriched by her kindness and her smile, which make the town visit even more pleasant. Strongly suggested!

5 stars Medwin J. 22 Sep 2013

Ellen is the best guide ever! Highly recommended and knowledgable of all the stuffs you need to know about the places your touring with her. We had a great time with her and truly lucky to have her as a guide. Best of all she gives a service with a smile!

5 stars Anat M. 15 Sep 2013

Highly recommended. Our group was comprised of 7 family members. Ages 12 to 65. Ellen was an excellent guide for us. As we were a diversified group (from teenagers full of energy to a grandma with back pain….) we were lucky to be guided by Ellen that presented lots of patience, was extremely caring, responsive and responsible (and always with positive attitude). I wasn’t surprised that when she escorted us to the airport she did not leave until she was absolutely sure that we have checked in saf

5 stars Stephen B. 12 Sep 2013

Ellen was a fantastic guide! She was professional, experienced, knowledgeable and most importantly personable. Our tour was totally customized (we did not go to the usual attractions) to our requests and she pulled it off perfectly. Her English is excellent. It was a joy spending the day with her.

5 stars Martin F. 28 Jul 2013

Ellen was a fantastic tour guide. She managed to show us much more of Beijing than we had expected. She prepared the tour around our interests and showed us a side of the city that we would have otherwise not had the pleasure of seeing. Touring with Ellen was like visiting a good friend. She is very knowledgeable about Beijing and it's history. She also was very helpful in helping us communicate at open markets. Ellen also help us to arrange a tour of the Great Wall. Highly recommended!

5 stars Michelle L. 07 May 2013

Excellent English, great sense of humour and very flexible. Catered for the needs of my elderly parents easily and made them feel well cared for, whilst accomodating our desire to be more adventurous. Highly recommended.

5 stars Joyce M. 08 Apr 2013

Hi we give Ellen 5 stars in fact we give her 5 gold stars what a wonderful girl so thoughtful and reliable my husband is 87 years old yet she had the patience and kindness to realize a dream to visit the great wall never having been there . The time spent with Ellen was a time treasured memory and we are recommending her to all our friends who visit Beijing love you Ellen.

5 stars Wing-yong L. 24 Mar 2013

She is knowlegeable. She knows how to avoid large crowds when we went sightseeing as I had told her that we do not like large crowds. At my request, she was able to arrange for a Mercedes S class to take us around. As also requested by me, she took us to good restaurants with clen toilets. She was punctual and very obliging.

5 stars Stephen C. 19 Mar 2013

This is my first trip to China and Ellen provided a wonderful, no rush, friendly, informative, and fun filled atmosphere! With 3 days, she fit in Great Wall Mutianyu, Forbidden City, Lama Temple, Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Summer Palace, Tianyi Market, Birds Nest, Water Cube, Temple of Heaven, Temple of Longevity (at Summer Palace), and Peking Duck! At no point in time did I feel rushed, everything felt genuine and she was really there to make me feel comfortable with the sights and sounds. A+++

5 stars Carrie S. 14 Jun 2012

Ellen earns another 5 star rating! We booked her for 3 days. She handled guiding my husband, myself, our two teenagers and my 81 year old mother with great energy, enthusiasm and patience. She knows the city and transportation extremely well. She even came back on her own for no fee to the city (an hour commute each way) on the day we left to make sure we got our transport to the airport that she arranged! Highly recommended.

5 stars Angela H. 10 Jun 2012

My husband and our two boys 8 and 11 years, have just returned from 5 weeks travelling China and Europe. The highlight of our trip was our time in Beijing, this was all due to Ellen Lan. She was absolutely fantastic and took us to see all the wonderful sights Beijing had to offer and also showed us the real Beijing and its people. Her beautiful nature, knowledge and professionalism was outstanding. She was absolutley wonderful with our boys & we couldn't recommend her highly enough to anyone

5 stars Chima M. 12 May 2012

Ellen booked based on reviews. Any guide can do the expected. Ellen excels in going beyond the call of duty. Exceptional effort in retrieving a phone lost in a theatre - making calls and having to go back to the theatre to get the phone . Helping (suggesting a place and taking us there) when we went off the beaten track to make bespoke skirts. Detailed written down instructions as how to negotiate the West Beijing train station. She felt more like a friend than a guide. Highly recommended.

5 stars Audrey K. 30 Mar 2012

Right from our first contact with Ellen by email to inquire about our Beijing tour, we knew she would be an amazing guide! She is professional, knowledgeable and so much fun. Most of all, she is very caring and respectful and made our visit to Beijing so very special. Ellen is a treasure to spend time with and we would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to see the special sights of this fine city. Thank you, Ellen!

5 stars Kerry C. 29 Mar 2012

Ellen was a lovely, gentle, young lady who went out of her way to take us where we wanted to go with a minimum of fuss. We were travelling with my 79 year old mother who had recently had an accident which left her walking impaired. Ellen took frequent rest stops for her around the Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace etc. and her driver helped all of us in and out of the van at each stop. She went above and beyond what we expected and we can't recommend her more highly. Thank you Ellen!

5 stars linda C. 23 Mar 2012

Ellen was wonderful, she made our tour in Beijing one of the best!! She was went out of her way to do what ever we wanted and we felt so comfortable with her. She showed us the beauty of China but she was the Beauty of China. Wonderful experience we will always remember!! we have been many places and Ellen is the best tour guide (and wonderful person) we have ever had!!!

5 stars Paul T. 26 Feb 2012

Ellen was very knowledgeable in all aspects of Beijing's history. She was prompt and very efficient.

On a more personal note she was very friendly and likeable and was one of the main reason's we enjoyed our stay. We would not hesitate to recommend her and your company to our friends and family, and look forward to using Viator tour guides again.

From Paul & Wendy Taylor

5 stars Linda J. 21 Oct 2011

We book Ellen Lan for our guide after reading her reviews and numerous emails. Ellen and I spoke several times concerning our itinerary before our visit. On the day of arrival in China Ellen and her driver were at the airport to pick us up for the day’s activity, a visit to the Great Wall. Ellen greeted us with a big smile and we were put at ease with her easy going personality. On our way to the Great Wall Ellen went over the day’s activity and gave us a historical overview of the Great Wa

5 stars oshra A. 14 Sep 2011

5 stars Allison D. 20 Aug 2011

I recently spent 2 weeks in China for a business trip, and booked the services of Ellen as a guide. I could not be more pleased with her service. She was so accommodating, helpful and fun to spend time with. Her English is impeccable. I really appreciated her flexibility and her availability when I had some time open up last minute and I needed something to do in an afternoon. Her recommendations for everything from the perfect place to go shopping to the right restaurant to eat at were always p

5 stars Reinaldo T. 31 Jul 2011

I recently went with some friends to Beijing and Ellen was able to take us to the Great Wall and Summer Palace with a short notice from us. The Tour was excellent, the place that she took us for lunch was good also. Gracias Ellen!

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks Rey, and reminded me of new word "Gracias" you taught.

5 stars BoYoung A. 23 Jun 2011

I and my boyfriend enjoyed two days trip with Ellen a lot. It was totally worth spending time with her. I would recommend her to my friends and family members.

Tour Guide Comment: Many thanks,Boyoung.

5 stars Frank K. 10 Jun 2011

My family enjoyed very much a day trip with Ellen. She had suggested the best way to cover various points of interest in a leisurely pace. She was attentive and knowledgeable. Highly recommended.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you,Frank and your nice families.I also enjoy my work,actually like my holiday with friends.

5 stars Janice S. 28 Mar 2011

Ellen was a wonderful guide! On very short notice she was able to co-ordinate three full days worth of sites for us to see in Beijing. Ellen is very knowledgeable about Beijing history as well as current life style. She gave us helpful information regarding street vendors, for both food and merchandise. Ellen is very caring. She has a great sense of humor and it was an absolute joy getting to know her! I would highly recommend her as your guide!

Thanks Ellen!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much Janice. It was my pleasure to know you.Enjoy the wonderful life with your caring husband.

5 stars Stephane P. 22 Oct 2010

Thanks Ellen, for organising this visit to the Great Wall. I really appreciated your propositions to avoid the crowd and choose a nice section of the wall.

You even organised a nice little fog which made the visit even more thrilling ;-)

I would recommend Ellen for a tour guide as she takes great care of her hosts.

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks Stephane, enjoy your life and take care.

4 stars elisa B. 31 Mar 2019

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