Founder and Director of Yunhe Centre
Apple Liu is an advocate and practitioner of responsible travel in China. In 2004 she founded Dragon Expeditions and worked as a strong proponent for responsible travel in China ever since. In 2015, she founded the Yunhe Center in Zhonglu as part of her devotion to supporting vulnerable nature reserve and communities she encountered in the Tibetan region in China. She is the expert invited by the Global Environmental Institute (GEI), to develop an eco-tourism development strategy for Sanjiangyuan Region, the first National Park in China. In 2017, she was invited as the only national park leadership training expert in China by the US Federal Government.
Apple Liu has got Wilderness Advanced First Aid Training Certificate by MMA(Wilderness Medical Associates)
Co-founder and Chief Designer of Yunhe Centre
Rongyao is a professional urban planner; He is the co-founder and Chief Designer of the Yunhe Centre. Adhering to the concept of “overall design” and using the method of “experiential place design,” he is good at creating delicate and vivid public spaces and places. He has extremely rich experience in the control of structures and scales as well as the human space design. He has worked out a large number of wonderful works in community planning, science, and education parks, urban design, featured towns, village planning, and tourism planning. He is dedicated to contributing professional strength to the creation of towns and villages and the harmonious development with nature.
Executive Director of Yunhe Centre
Xiaomei Liu is the first Chinese winner of Rotary Foundation World Peace Fellowship and is working on the strengthening of local Chinese communities, support their cultural and environmental conservation. She has over six years of work experience in environmental protection and non-profit organization development before joining Dragon Yunhe. She has a passion for promoting nature education and workshops on sustainable community development.
Director of Educational Programs of Yunhe Centre
Shuchin is the Director of Educational Programs of Yunhe Center. As A lifelong nature lover, she studied for a master in Environmental Art in Helsinki, Finland after obtaining her bachelor degree in Architecture Design. She has volunteered on a range of community construction projects, she participated in the reconstruction of the primary school affected by the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008, and went to the small country of Swaziland to volunteer to build a local school. After joining the team, she has led young volunteers from more than ten different countries and regions to participate in community projects.
“Tiger” is Yunhe’s resident art curator, and specializes in utilizing breathtaking visual mediums to convey powerful stories. His love for filming documentaries and exploring the wilderness has made him an invaluable asset to Yunhe’s mission. In 2014, he joined Dragon Expeditions with the goal of sharing his passion with younger generations by empowering them to appreciate the beauty of the natural world and work towards its preservation.
Outdoor Guide and Nature Educator
Lingdang has been a part of the Dragon Expeditions family since it’s very founding. She has served as a professional nature educator, alpine guide in China and France and is a junior learner of Leave No Trace (LNT). Also, she is a recipient of the WAFA certificate and is a certified mountain rescuer in China. She has more than 13 years’ experience of hosting both domestic and international tourists from different parts of the world and is an especially skilled chef.
A jack of all trades, Tim serves the team as an outdoors specialist and our resident first aid provider. Well-versed in physical education, he was trained in the first aid techniques of the Red Cross Society of China. Additionally, he is a qualified junior outdoor leader with the China Mountaineering Association and a member of Wilderness Medical Associates International. He also has worked with CCTV geography channel several times and has a profound knowledge of guiding and operating tours in southwestern China.
Travel and Culture Guide
Dolma was born in Bomi, a little Tibetan gem hidden away in the Kham Batang. She is a guide and is experienced with hosting both Chinese and international tourists in all Tibetan areas, especially in Sichuan’s Tibetan autonomous prefectures, Aba and Garze. She is a gifted communicator, capable of speaking three dialects of Tibetan, English, Mandarin Chinese and basic Hindi. She first joined Yunhe last year and has diligently served us ever since, giving a much-needed insider perspective to the local culture of Kham Tibet.
Li Yue is an enthusiast for everything natural. Having graduated with a masters degree in Environmental Ecology from the South China Botanical Garden at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, she is adept at understanding the lay of the land. She is particularly interested in botany and zoology and loves encountering new plant and animal species. Additionally, she is very interested in Chinese traditional culture and customs of Tibetan communities.
Zhou Teng (Jane)
Overseas Marketing Assistant
A motivated team player and adept marketing specialist, Zhou Teng has served Yunhe’s goals with professionalism and prowess. Having studied in both Tibet and abroad, Jane is experienced with negotiating with different communities and lifestyles and thrives in cross-cultural interface. To her, it is of utmost importance that situations are viewed from the vantage of different angles to provide the big picture.
Michael Ring (Gu Maike)
Coordinator of International Volunteers
An adept bridge builder and storyteller, Michael employs visual mediums and stories to share Yunhe’s exploits with the world. Born in the Sonoran deserts of Arizona, he grew up to be a nature enthusiast and adventure fanatic. He is a trained ethnographer, specializing in Chinese and indigenous Asian culture and wrote his undergraduate research thesis on the ancient watchtowers(Diaolou) in Zhonglu. Michael’s core values are cultural relativism and bilateral communication. He loves facilitating mutual understanding between people from around the world and seeing people learn from one another. To him, sharing stories between communities gives us valuable perspectives and makes the unknown more familiar.