"A local guide on the off-beaten trail 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 real 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. 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...
Thank you very much for checking here. Looking forward to seeing you . Warm Regards to all, elena :)
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Reviews of Elena Luo
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!
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
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:Feb 12, 2015 - May 13, 2016
Duration:3 to 5 days
Amazing Puzhehei, Bamei and Babao Village in Southeast Yunnan
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.
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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