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26 Days | 25 Nights
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.
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Connie Pollard Nov 03, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Just returned from the October 9-November1, 2014 trip; it was wonderful, and I am experienceing full-blown jet lag. Liu Hao, our national guide, was very knowledgable and fluent in English; he made the trip come alive.

Gary Toback Sep 07, 2014 at 05:22 PM

My wife and I received our visas from GenVisa about 1 month after submitting the paperwork. We encountered no problems, although a lot of detailed effort went into filling out the forms.
Gary Tobaci

Charlie Byron Aug 29, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Have other participants in the October '14 trip got their visas back from GenVisa yet? We've been waiting 6 weeks now. GenVisa says "Your passports are still at the Chinese Embassy. Should be any day now". Seems like a pretty long time. Our friend Connie got hers back a month ago.
Gary Toback Sep 07, 2014 at 05:20 PM

Hi Charlie,
Gary Toback Sep 07, 2014 at 05:20 PM

Hi Charlie,

Louise B Jul 03, 2014 at 01:17 PM

This trip looks wonderful, but I am inexperienced at international travel. Is anyone else who would be flying out of Portland or Seattle considering either of the spring of 2015 trips? Once I get there I will be ok, it is just flying solo into Bejing and finding the hotel that has me feeling nervous.
John Rottersman Jul 03, 2014 at 01:34 PM

If you book your air through RoadScholar, you will be met at the Bejing airport by someone carrying a sign. You should have no concerns if you do this. For our trip last year, I booked my own airfare (used miles on United). We had to get a cab to the hotel. Road Scholar provides the name of the hotel, address, and phone number in Chinese. We simply went to the taxi dispatcher, showed him the address, and off we went. No problem. We did have to exchange dollars for Yuan at the airport to pay for the cab.

Charlie Byron Jul 03, 2014 at 11:31 AM

We're going on the October departure. What has people's experience been with breathing problems, e.g. from pollution or mold?
John Rottersman Jul 03, 2014 at 01:30 PM

We did this trip last October (2013). Air pollution was terrible almost every day we were there. However, nobody in our group of 33 seemed to have any breathing problems. After returning, however, my wife and I seemed to be coughing for about 4 weeks. If you don't have any existing breathing issues, this trip should be fine for you.
Charlie Byron Jul 03, 2014 at 03:59 PM

Hmmm. Thanks John. Thing is, I do have existing breathing issues - asthma and allergies. Maybe I'll just give my allergist a call.
Jill Sagarin Jul 04, 2014 at 10:40 AM

We did this trip in April (and had a fabulous time). Many of us had sore throats in Beijing, so wear a mask, even if the Chinese aren't. Our guide, Liu, had us suck on menthol lozenges to keep our throats moist and they really worked, so ask your guide and buy them ($2 or so). Pollution was bad everywhere, but we were only bothered by it in Beijing. Have a wonderful time@
Charlie Byron Jul 10, 2014 at 01:39 PM

Many thanks John and Jill!

Tom Schields Jul 01, 2014 at 07:11 PM

Anyone on the Sept. 4-27, 2014 trip? I'm a single traveler looking forward to our group experience.

Jill Sagarin Mar 20, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Anyone heading out for the April 18, 2014 trip? Any advice from the veterans of the trip? It's our first trip to China.
John Rottersman Mar 20, 2014 at 10:56 AM

If you are a coffee drinker, bring Starbucks Via, a great instant coffee. Bring a small flashlight and leave it on your bedstand in case of emergency and power outage (we didn't have any). Get general antibiotics from your doctor. Have a great trip...we loved our trip in October.

John Higbie Aug 06, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Two months to go. Looking at immunization requirements at CDC and wondering if going whole hog is necessary. Big money if so. Got a upgraded camera and we're testing out different cloth materials for post-sink washing drying times. Laundry soap is sold in very small plastic packets of 50 leaves, 5 per sink-load. Lots of prep materials and China based movies everywhere you look. Language will be bit of a stretch though. Jan Sande and John Higbie.
Lynda Dowling Aug 24, 2013 at 03:11 PM

My doctor recommended a hepatitis A immunization within 6 months of the trip. I have read quite a bit on Chinese customs and took Chinese for travelers at the local community college. Does anyone know how many people are on this trip. Am I the only one going on oct 7th?
Mary Hedgcock Sep 10, 2013 at 03:19 PM

Our immunizations were mostly covered by prescription insurance. Hep A is good to have "just because" and it lasts 25 years or so.a

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