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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. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Jane Fahey Oct 12, 2015 at 06:48 AM

I'm in China now on the October 7 trip. For future participants, the kids at the school today asked me if I had pictures of my home and family. I was so stupid not to bring my phone along with pictures. Also, if you could bring a small trinket from home to share with the children. I could have brought Disney pins for instance or magnets from my state. That would be well received. Same thing for home visits...a small token gift would be suitable. The RS materials don't mention this and we were all upset that we hadn't been told ahead of time. This is an amazing trip...I have worn out that word amazing as I use it at least once an hour. Have fun!
Janice Lazarski Dec 05, 2015 at 11:19 AM

Thanks for the great suggestion, we just booked our trip for the fall. About how many of these small gifts for kids and adults should we bring? Since space is limited, I don't want to bring too much or have too little.
Jane Fahey Dec 06, 2015 at 08:20 AM

When we were in Luoyang we went to a rural school where we were paired with two or three Chinese students. Something small for those few children would be appropriate.. If I went again I would take a map of my state or of the US, refrigerator magnets, pictures of my house and family, and maybe some Disney pins. Anything to help the conversation so they can practice. We went to three homes on our trip. Because I'm from Maine, I could have taken some small jars of blueberry jam or some maple candies. The school is the most important place. You will totally enjoy his vacation. I learned so much and came home with a new perspective about China.,
Janice Lazarski Dec 06, 2015 at 09:36 AM

Thanks Jane, my husband and I are very excited to be going and learn first hand about the culture and beauty of China. Reading this discussion board has been very helpful and I appreciate everyone who takes the time to post.

Saul Levy Oct 04, 2015 at 04:22 PM

I don't know if I have a roommate. I'm going on the Oct 13 trip. If you exist, and you're out there, let me know.

Jana Dunn Sep 29, 2015 at 11:28 AM

I am planning to bring my smart phone (with roaming turned off) to use with WiFi in the hotels. I assume China will block access to Facebook, but will I have access to my email web page (gmail?)
Jana Dunn Sep 29, 2015 at 11:45 AM

Okay; I've checked Wikipedia, and it looks like gmail, yahoo mail, and skype will all be blocked from the hotel WiFi. How have past participants kept in touch with folks at home?
Jana Dunn Sep 29, 2015 at 12:31 PM

Looks like maybe outlook mail works? Does anybody know?
Sue Kremer Sep 29, 2015 at 05:19 PM

Just back...no facebook, no google, no gmail. Yahoo worked as did facetime.
Jana Dunn Sep 29, 2015 at 05:25 PM

Thank you; interesting that Yahoo worked! I have an android, so no FaceTime for me, unfortunately.
Sue Kremer Sep 29, 2015 at 06:24 PM

You're going to have an amazing trip! I wouldn't trade a single minute and some of the experiences left me covered in "pinch me" bruises. You'll just love it!
Jana Dunn Sep 29, 2015 at 06:40 PM

Thanks, Sue! Sounds like you had a wonderful trip! I am looking forward to it; just a little anxious about planning details at this point. Did you guys get rained on? Was it very cold?
Sue Kremer Sep 29, 2015 at 06:55 PM

Stop stewing! It will all be good. We had tons of rain...didn't deter us in the slightest. Matter of fact, when the skies opened up on us in Tiannamen Square and no one gripped and no one wanted to stop, we knew we had great travel companions.. Took a fleece jacket to the Great Wall, but otherwise very comfortable. Rain poncho came in handy.
Jana Dunn Sep 29, 2015 at 06:59 PM

Thank you, Sue; great info. I will be bringing the rain jacket!

Jane Fahey Sep 25, 2015 at 07:43 PM

Packing tonight for the October 6 trip. Question for folks who have recently been on the China trip. Are there any coin laundries anywhere near the hotels we stay in or should we plan to pay hotels to do the laundry? We are bringing clothes that are easily washed out and hung overnight but need to know whether to bring pod-type laundry capsules for washing machines. Someone, somewhere on here mentioned doing laundry during free time in hotels but guide book #2 says there are no coin laundry available. Anyone with knowledge, please?
Jana Dunn Oct 06, 2015 at 11:41 AM

You're in transit now, so this won't help you, but may help others. I just re-read the preliminary info packet last night. It says there are no coin-operated laundries, but all the hotels have same-day laundry service with per-piece prices.

Rita A-B Sep 23, 2015 at 12:28 PM

Is anyone going on the May 17, 2016 trip? I will be flying out of Newark and would love to hear from anyone else doing the same thing.

Patricia (Pat) Geuting Sep 19, 2015 at 11:21 AM

Dear Jana,

I was on the April 2015 trip and I agree that there is no need for a skirt. Many dressed up a little for the final dinner and for the opening "Peking Duck" dinner but nothing was particularly fancy. A pair of pants slightly better than "nondescript" might be helpful but probably not essential. As to hair dryers, they were always available. On the ship you had to ask for one from the desk but that was no problem. Our hotels were all very well equipped and modern with the exception of Tibet where there were some issues but you are scheduled for a different hotel in Lhasa. Enjoy your trip. It's wonderful!
Sue Ann Prince Sep 21, 2015 at 03:14 PM

I'm also going on the Oct. 13 trip. I was told I have a roommate but RS is not allowed to give out the person's name. Are you out there? As for skirts, nope! Comfort and good walking shoes for me.--Sue Ann Prince

Jana Dunn Sep 18, 2015 at 06:34 PM

I'm not sure we have any alums watching this board, but if we do -- on the topic of what to pack, do I need to bring a skirt, or can I get by with nondescript slacks? I'd just as soon skip the extra pair of shoes I'd need to go with the skirt.
Marilyn Luft Sep 18, 2015 at 07:42 PM

I was on June 2015 trip and can say that there is no need for a skirt. Many dress up for farewell dinner but a skirt is not required.
Jana Dunn Sep 18, 2015 at 07:44 PM

Thank you, Marilyn. Were their hairdryers in the hotel rooms? That's another item I'd like to leave home.

Nancy Wong Sep 15, 2015 at 10:12 AM

My friend Pat and I (Nancy Wong) are going on the Oct. 13 trip, leaving from New York. I was told we have 23 in our group. Just want to say hi to anyone who is traveling in the same group. This is my third trip with RS.
sharon barnard Sep 15, 2015 at 12:05 PM

I am going on the Oct. 13 trip. I am from a town close to Austin, Texas and I will be on the Chicago flight to Bejiing, This is my first trip with RS. I look forward to meeting all 23 fellow travelers!
Jana Dunn Sep 18, 2015 at 06:31 PM

I'm on the Oct. 13th trip too. See you in Beijing! My third trip with RS.

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