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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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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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Russell Green Apr 09, 2015 at 03:10 PM

Flight coming up this Saturday. Hope I am not the only one in programs! PHL to ORD to PEI
Ann Antkiw Apr 09, 2015 at 06:03 PM

Ann Antkiw Apr 09, 2015 at 06:03 PM

Russell Green Apr 08, 2015 at 09:04 PM

Tonight on PBS is the Terra Cotta Warriors. Just in time for my trip this Saturday!!
David Lewis Apr 08, 2015 at 09:59 PM

Yes, I just watched it. The main areas are well lighted, but the half sized chariots are in a darker museum so you will have to use flash. Use a telephoto to take closeups. Also some figures are in museum cases so you can see them up close.
Russell Green Apr 08, 2015 at 10:27 PM

I thought that the show was amazing. Can't wait to see first hand.

Russell Green Apr 05, 2015 at 09:06 PM

Recently I was at a nice Asian restaurant and the waiter mentioned that every time he returns to Beijing I has respiratory problems for a week or more. He suggest wearing surgical mask. I have not seen any mention of this and am wondering if it is a good idea.
David Lewis Apr 06, 2015 at 10:13 AM

That's a bit extreme. I've been to China about twenty times and never wore a mask. I've been in Beijing when you could hardly see across Tiananmen Square, but I've never seen American or other associates wear masks. If you are an athlete and will be running or if you have respiratory issues, then consult with a medical professional. Otherwise I can't see the need.

Russell Green Jan 17, 2015 at 12:58 PM

I am going on the April 11th program. Eager to see China and picked this program because it has a large scope and seems to go to many places. I am wondering if I can take pictures with my iPhone or Samsung tablet and send them to the cloud when I am connected to WiFi?
David Lewis Jan 17, 2015 at 01:44 PM

Because of the Great Wall of the Internet, I was NOT able to access Facebook in China but was able to access flickr. So you never know. If I were taking that trip now (and I'm headed to Egypt in March), I might pay for the phone or data package of ATT or your phone company and use that. This worked for me in Europe in October. This is an outstanding tour! Generally the Wifi was quite good.
Russell Green Jan 17, 2015 at 02:05 PM

I was hoping that if I could connect my table and iPhone to WiFi then I would be bypassing the need for a data package there. Just a thought.
David Lewis Jan 17, 2015 at 02:12 PM

It may work. I often use Facebook to post to my friends, but could not do so in China. Will you upload to Dropbox? What media will you be using?
Russell Green Jan 17, 2015 at 10:49 PM

I have android with the Samsung Note 8 and the Apple with the iPhone. They use different cloud places but they are very similar.
Charles Yanofsky Mar 29, 2015 at 09:56 PM

Che out the Eyefi Mobi Wifi Camera card to wirelessly connect your camera photos to your iPhone and tablets without the need for internet. Google for info on this new technology and purchase on Amazon.
Charles Yanofsky Mar 29, 2015 at 09:58 PM

Oh BTW this is Janice Yanofsky! See you in April.

Denise Babb Sep 23, 2014 at 07:08 PM

Denise L., this has been my mantra to attempt the memorization of the dynasties.
"The Dynasties Song"

This "dynasties song," sung to the tune of "Frère Jacques,"
can help students remember the major Chinese dynasties in chronological order.

Shang, Zhou, Qin, Han
Shang, Zhou, Qin, Han

Sui, Tang, Song
Sui, Tang, Song

Yuan, Ming, Qing, Republic
Yuan, Ming, Qing, Republic

Mao Zedong
Mao Zedong

— Courtesy of the teachers on the College Board AP-World History Listserv

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Laura Nelson Sep 23, 2014 at 08:04 PM

Denise, I can't say that I really understand how the discussion board works either. You posted to the board and we commented under your post as a reply. I guess they then sent that to you as an email. Looking forward to meeting you soon -- Dan

Denise Babb Sep 23, 2014 at 07:00 PM

Denise L., this has been my mantra to attempt the memorization of the dynasties.
"The Dynasties Song"

This "dynasties song," sung to the tune of "Frère Jacques,"
can help students remember the major Chinese dynasties in chronological order.

Shang, Zhou, Qin, Han
Shang, Zhou, Qin, Han

Sui, Tang, Song
Sui, Tang, Song

Yuan, Ming, Qing, Republic
Yuan, Ming, Qing, Republic

Mao Zedong
Mao Zedong

— Courtesy of the teachers on the College Board AP-World History Listserv

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Laura Nelson Sep 23, 2014 at 07:00 PM

Apparently, RS thinks I am Laura, but this is actually her partner Dan posting ;)

Denise Babb Sep 23, 2014 at 06:14 PM

Just returned from a summer of traveling, gardening and visiting, and now it's count down for China! This will be my friend Jenny Barns' and my first adventure with Road Scholar. Thanks to those , who after their April visit, have posted suggestions and reactions. How many are we in our group? Any other Canadians leaving like us from Montréal and Vancouver? As gifts I have Maple sugar from my region and chocolates brought back from Switzerland. I will also follow up on a suggestion to bring pictures of my home ...in the different seasons ... and of my family. This may help as conversation starters and as a gift. My immediate problem, is whittling my packing to a comfortable and acceptable lifting weight. Ann, Mary and Denise, how exciting that in less than 3 weeks , we will all be meeting in Beijing! From Denise# 2
Laura Nelson Sep 23, 2014 at 06:59 PM

Hi Denise -- Laura and I are going and are also curious as to how many of us will be on the trip. Hope it is not too many. See you soon (ish) -- Dan
Ann Antkiw Sep 24, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Yes, I would also like to know how many of us are going, I don't like crowds!!
Laura Nelson Sep 24, 2014 at 01:42 PM

We called today and they told us there were 20 people. Not so great. We have been on 4 RS trips and definitely find it works best when there are fewer people, but while 20 is not ideal, we are still hoping for a good time
Ann Antkiw Sep 24, 2014 at 09:34 PM

20 that's a lot Peking Duck and dumplings! As you say not ideal. but hopefully we will all get along and a good time will be had by all..

Ann Antkiw Sep 15, 2014 at 02:28 PM

My friend Mary White and I are getting very excited about our trip to China. This is my second RS trip and her first.
We would like to know what to bring for gifts. We live in Costa Rica and I thought for the family we have dinner with I would bring our famous coffee and some local chocolates, or dried tropical fruits such as mango and paupau. Do we need to also bring gifts for the Hutong and Xijiang Miao families who host us for lunch. Regarding the visits to the schools if we wanted to bring little gifts for the kids what would you suggest. I look forward to your help regarding this matter and meeting our fellow travelers.
Ann Antkiw.
Karen Petras Sep 15, 2014 at 04:07 PM

Your gifts for the host family sounds perfectly fine! It is not necessary for you to each bring a gift. For the lunch you will have in the Hutong and the lunch with the Miao family a gift is not expected or necessary. When we went to the school we were unable to meet with any children, in spite of the fact that was the plan. II can't really advise you as we never got into a classroon
Karen Petras Sep 15, 2014 at 04:08 PM

sorry, hit the wrong key. It should say classroom.
Liane C Sep 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM

I brought lots of real photo postcards of wildlife and places in my home state of Wyoming. The students were fascinated with photos of elk, grizzlies, and wolves.
Ann Antkiw Sep 16, 2014 at 02:14 PM

Karen & Liane: Thank you both for your helpful responses. I will certainly take a lot of postcards of the beautiful birds we have in Costa Rica and the animals, in particular one of my favorites the lazy sloth.

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