"Funny, silly guide as well as kid's friend in Yunnan"
Hello, Dear Travel lovers!
Welcome to Yunnan, my beautiful homeland. I've been an independent 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 is authentic to experience the beauty of nature and the truthfulness of the local people and culture.
My mother was planting rice in the paddy fileds on the day when i was on the way. She couldn't wait to arrive home, so i was boned under a big rock out there, as the third child. My spirit must have been planted out there in the nature, as from childhood, i always have chosen off beaten paths, to explore different things and see what is there behind the scene. All my gratitude to my great yet humble parents, who got fined bcus of my birth as i was boned in the year when one child policy started, and who supported me all the way up to university, which was very rare for a coutry family at that time.
Growing up among these beautiful mountains, I always wanted to go out and see the world beyond. So i paid lots of attention in shool study, and finally became the first university student in my village. My farming parents were far happy and proud, but i am really sorry that i didn't live out the way they expected.
Graduated from a degree of English literature, i took the chance to go to Thailand and teach Manderin there. From there, lots of new experiences, new oppurtunities, new ideas and possibilities were opening up and pouring to me. Wow, such excitement ! So many fun things to do, so many festivals to celebrate, and so much delicious food to try. But deep down inside, there is a place, remaining empty and unfulfilled . So i started looking at a different path again, the path into the inner world. Since then yoga and meditation have been my good friends, along with lots of inspiring books, like the New Earth, the Power of Now , and the Western Body, Earsten Mind. I spent every cent and any little time i have, in going back to yoga and meditation retreats in China, as well as in Southeast Asia, which helps me, finally, to be able to stop, be still, and relax into what is. Wow, such excitement here too!
Recently, i took a course given by Bijian Anjomi, in Sydney, which completely blows away my mind. There's nowhere to go, nothing to be, and no limits upon life. Such relief ! Such ecstasy ! Now i can just run, dance, sing, shout, play, laugh, cry, do anything, like a child, freely expressing myself. Hahahahaha...
Lets dance, lets enjoy, lets play together. You may find an abnormal tour guide along the way, as i really love jokes and good laughter, along with some historical and cultural talks if needed. I like taking people to places where i feel deeply connected with its true beauty, and in many cases, these places are new to me too.
Thank you very much for checking here. Looking forward to seeing you here . Warm Regards to all, elena :)
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Reviews of Elena Luo
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.
I'm living in Thailand and want to travel in different way than other Thai peoples. Then I started looking for local tour guide in China, I deal with local guide 2-3 guys before made final choosing. Elena had shown a lot good attributes that we are looking for from tour guide eg. good responsive, good itinerary provided, trustworthy.
During the trip, she took us to a good restaurant, good hotel in reasonable price. She took care my mom, my nephew, actually everyone in the group. So she's a good guide for family, everyone in our group had impressed her a lots. So I will introduce her to my friend who want to go to Yunnan, sure.
I live in Beijing and i was looking for a short break and decided to visit Yunnan, after asking a good Beijing friend for an introduction to a good tour guide in the Lijiang area she recommended me to Ms. Elena Luo, i contacted her and she was available, i booked the flight and the hotel by myself, she toke care of a Jeep with driver, i told her that i did not want to see the touristic highlights but the countryside and the real life of the local people, the 3 of us have been touring around on September 3,4 and 5 and they have given me a great time, one night we stayed in a local hostel in Shaxi town, i loved it! we were lucky to have good weather almost all the time, enjoyed excellent local food and i made beautiful pictures. There is so much more to see in Yunnan, therefore i am planning to go there again next year summer and for sure i will ask Elena to be our guide again, actually i feel like we became very good friends in just a few days, she is so open and willing to tell about the peoples life and their difficulties and their happiness. I can highly recommend her as your future guide!
Arie Boeve, Beijing.
Elena Luo's Tours
Dates Available:Oct 04, 2014 - Dec 02, 2016
Duration: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.
Dates Available:Oct 04, 2014 - Jan 02, 2017
Duration: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.
Dates Available:Jan 02, 2015 - Jan 02, 2016
Duration:4 to 8 hours
Guide and driver in the morning, to take you to explore beautiful
villages and sweet towns around Lijiang.
Visit the premitive Sanduoge Village and take a nice 40 minutes walk
through the quiet Naxi villages, to the grassland outside of the
villages, where horses and cows are leisurely wondering on the peaceful
Elena Luo's Content
Boned in a remote village surrounded by endless mountains in Yunnan, I always had the dream to travel and see the world beyond. So I studied very hard in school and became the first university student in my little village.
Address:North Lashi Lake, Lijiang Antient Town District
Price:30 Yuan per person
Rich in cultural and biological diversity, the Lashi Lake watershed is home to two minority ethnic groups, the Naxi and the Yi, and provides critical habitat for the endangered black-necked crane. The watershed is also the primary water supply to a large downstream population and the rapidly growing tourism industry in the historic city of Lijiang.
Address:Jishan Lane, Xinyi Street, Old Town, Lijiang, China
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.
Address:Dabaoji Temple, Napa Lake, Jiantang Township
Price:5-40 Yuan per person
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.
Address:Bamei Town,Guangnan County, Wenshan Prefacture
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.
Address:Sideng Jie, Aotou Village, Shaxi Town, Jianchuan County, Dali, Yunnan
Price:30 Yuan per bed, 150-280 Yuan per room
No. 58 Yard is one of my passion in Shaxi. It is a lovely cozy guesthouse with only 6 rooms, a cute little garden leisurely designed by the owner, who is from Taiwan. She is a quiet and artistic beauty. Anything she touches simply becomes beautiful. Never advertising any where, but No. 58 Yard remains the most popular one in Shaxi all year round.
It is the middle of January in 2012. It has been snowing for about a week. The road got blocked by the heavy snow. We've been watching the sky and finally the sun shines, and finally we made the trip to Shangrila, with two customers from Austrilia.
Address:Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Menglun, Mengla, Yunnan 666303
Rich in many types of the amazing tropical plants, the This garden offers great experience to enjoy and to understand the secret language of plant. Check it out!
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