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Program #15122RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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barbara martorello Sep 19, 2014 at 06:21 PM

i will be in beijing 2 days ahead, anyone coming early on the oct 18 trip>


barbara martorello Sep 19, 2014 at 06:19 PM

how many people on the oct 18 trip?barb
Robert Yoshioka Sep 19, 2014 at 06:45 PM

If you want to know how many people will be joining you on your Oct 18 start date tour, you have to call Road Scholar and practically badger then to release that information, as they have a "new policy" regarding making such disclosures...sure doesn't make any sense to me, and I had to practically threaten to pull out before they broke down (and in a PRIVATE email to me) they broke their own rule and just blurted out our (October 7 startdate) number: 14 as of three weeks or so ago. Understand that "protecting" us from knowing the NUMBER of other participants makes absolutely no sense whatsoever...but what the heck...I worked in the business for years, and the best way to get people to be comfortable is to tell them how many AND also share names of other participants, but then again, I believe in full disclosure. So, if you call Road Scholar and just be determined and not let them "explain away" their reasoning...just keep saying..."Just tell me how many people will be joining me on this trip," they will relent. If enough tour participants ask, then maybe they will change their silly policy, or not. Whatever. Good luck...too bad you are going on the October 18 trip. you sound like someone who would be fun to travel with. At any rate...have a blast. Best, RBYoshioka


barbara martorello Sep 19, 2014 at 06:19 PM

how many people on the oct 18 trip?barb


barbara martorello Sep 19, 2014 at 06:19 PM

how many people on the oct 18 trip?barb


barbara martorello Sep 19, 2014 at 06:19 PM

how many people on the oct 18 trip?barb


Charlotte McGee Sep 19, 2014 at 02:21 PM

We're using Travelex services for yuan to have in hand so as to avoid the dash for an ATM first thing in Beijing.


Laurie Stephenson Sep 18, 2014 at 05:37 PM

I got Yuan from AAA the next day!
Robert Yoshioka Sep 18, 2014 at 07:39 PM

Lucky you! Our local AAA DOES NOT carry Yuan Currency Packs. Go figure...we must be at the end of the western world or something...We checked with Wells Fargo, and they will deal with anyone anywhere, with no fees or no charges for shipping packets. This whole experience has been very interesting. Back in the day, it was travelers checks that got one through foreign countries...today it is ATM's and credit cards!


Robert Yoshioka Sep 18, 2014 at 02:38 PM

Hi! I believe if you access the itinerary and then go to the websites for each hotel listed, you will be taken to the hotel's website and there can see the sorts of bathrooms typically available. Tedious, yes, but the best way to find out what it is that you need to know. I personally am hoping that most of the hotels will have hangers that I can take into the bathroom/shower to hang my drip dry easily rinsed shirts and pants...figure I will have to do this only once or twice during the trip, this making the packing easier and lighter. Remember to bring travel toilet paper, soap "leaves," with which to do laundry, or, as our friends who just returned from their trip to China did...they just bit the bullet and sent stuff out to be washed and folded...a little pricey, but what the heck...you are on vacation, right? We also bought Chinese Yuan from Wells Fargo Currency Exchange website...if you purchase more than $1,001.00 (yes, that is correct) they waive the shipping and processing fee. Turnaround is typically two business days. We got $1,100.00 exchanged and money came yesterday!
Gloria Kennedy Sep 18, 2014 at 02:55 PM

Roberts comment is great, and hopefully it works for you. However, we didn't always stay at the hotel stated on the itinerary.
Robert Yoshioka Sep 18, 2014 at 03:07 PM

Well, what can I say...ESP anyone? :)
Arlan Gadeken Sep 18, 2014 at 08:04 PM

We just used our credit card that doesn't charge any foreign fees and got yuan from the ATM's, as the exchange rate was very reasonable compared to the banks and "exchange" booths. However, be sure and notify your credit card company before going to China so they don't cancel your card (s) when charges from China start showing up! REI sells very lightweight tees and briefs which dry within hours; they're expensive, but awesome, and you only need to pack 2 sets... washing one out each night. I think they also sell women's, as well. I just threw a lightweight clothesline and some plastic clothespins (that kind that hook over the shower bar) to hang up laundry; didn't weigh much or take up much space, either; but they sure came in handy!
Arlan Gadeken Sep 18, 2014 at 08:12 PM

Be sure and take lots of hand sanitizer and use it frequently. In spite of being very careful about not eating anything on the street or any fresh uncooked food, we still got very ill (and several in our group got colds/ coughs.) Our Health Dept. nurse prescribed Cipro to take; but DO NOT TAKE IT!!!! The side effects are horrible (it's what they use to treat Antrax poisoning; it's so strong. My husband ended up in the ER when we got home from taking it.) Use something like Imodium for stomach upsets instead.


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