"A Local Expert on the Off-Beaten Trail. Discount for Kids' Family."
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.
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.
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.
With a smile,
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Reviews of Elena Luo
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
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.
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.
Lijiang & Shangri-La is among the most beautiful places we have visited in China.
Elena Luo's Tours
Dates Available:Jan 16, 2016 - Apr 15, 2017
Duration: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.
Dates Available:Jan 14, 2016 - Jan 10, 2017
Duration:7 or more days
Day 1 Arrive in Kunming, can visit Green Lake and Bird and Flower Market if time allows. O/N Kunming
Dates Available:Feb 12, 2016 - Apr 04, 2017
Duration: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.
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:7 kms in the southwest of Downdown, Shangrila, Yunnan Province
Price:270 Yuan Per Person
Shika Snow Mountain is the incarnation of Fortune God in Tibetan People's Region. It's elevation is above 4500 meters high. There are two levels of cable car going up there. During a clear day, we can see 6 holy snow mountains from afar. The top is covered by show during winter and spring time.
Address:Nuodeng Village, Yunlong County, Dali Prefacture
Nuodeng is an ancient village which has been known as the town of salt, in Yunnan Province, from about 1400s. It used to be one of the most important economical town in the area. Being hidden in the Mountains in Dali for centuries, now it attracts peopl's eyes again, bcus of its charming primitive ancient village, the amazing natural scenery around, and the famous Nuodeng Ham.
Address:No. 11 Qingyun Village, Longquan Community, Shuhe Old Town, Lijiang
Arro Kampa is a local owned chain hotel in Lijiang and Shangrila. Both hotels are beautifully designed, in local style. The one in Lijiang combines the luxurious comfort with the beautiful nature around, as well as the leisure atmosphere in Lijiang. It is so so simply and beautifully designed that you feel life is so good, and i love being here.
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.
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