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Program #15122RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
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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Robert Yoshioka Sep 02, 2014 at 12:52 AM

Is anyone arriving in Beijing on October 8, Air China #996, from Houston, arriving at something like 4:40 AM. Is anyone else sharing this crazy flight from Houston? So far there are 4 of us here on this discussion board on the October 7 tour! Come out, come out, wherever you are! :) RBYoshioka

Vermont Traveler Aug 29, 2014 at 10:55 AM

I'm on the October 18 tour. Can anyone tell about how and with what features to use iPhone 5c while in china? I'm only interested in being able to send or receive a text between US and China. No need to have voice communication or other things. Would also be curious to know about accessing email when in hotels that have free wifi. Experience and tips welcome.
Gloria Kennedy Aug 29, 2014 at 02:18 PM

I went on this tour in May. Free wi-fi was available in all the hotels except one. And all but one of these had it in the rooms. The last one had it just in the lobby. I had an iPhone 5c along but didn't really use it. I relied on my iPad for emails, internet, etc.
Robert Yoshioka Aug 29, 2014 at 05:25 PM

Hi, Vermont Traveler. I would suggest you contact your phone service provider and wait on the phone until you get connected to a real live PERSON. Then have your questions ready and fire away. This is best as many phone companies have differing policies, no matter which phone they have sold you under contract. Gloria is correct about WiFi being readily available in most hotels. We are NOT taking any phones, tablets or other internet communications devices...we are older, do not need to be in touch...if we die, folks who need to know will know soon enough, and since we will be dead, we really don't care! :) Actually, we are looking forward to being free of the internet tethers, if only for 15 days. Who knows, maybe we will find our fellow travelers interesting enoug not to miss our internet connectivity! Cheers, RBYoshioka

Jeanne Heuer Aug 28, 2014 at 08:38 PM

We traveled on this trip last Fall. You don't have to worry about wearing white as social faux pas but you are in public spaces, sometimes public transportation and with no laundry service, white might not be practical.

James Kirk Aug 28, 2014 at 05:36 PM

Laurie - My wife and I were on the May trip with Bob Gitter and saw many people in white clothing. My wife was especially surprised to learn that many Chinese brides now wear white dresses. Do take Bob up on his offer to share his photos. He has some great ones. I can share mine,as well, if anyone sends an e-mail address. We had a fantastic time on this trip. I echo his recommendation to add the Summer Palace and Jewish Refugee Museum, if possible. Enjoy! Jim

Robert Yoshioka Aug 28, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Hi! I think that most tourists need not worry about wearing white, hats, coats or whatever. Was just viewing pics from another RS's trip...people were wearing just about anything they found in their closets...seems to me...We tend to wear lighter colors anyway because of the weather...beige is always a good compromise. Scarves to contrast and coordinate work...stick to single palette and you will be fine. When are you going? Will you be on our particular tour (leaving on October 7)? Best, RBYoshioka

Laurie Stephenson Aug 28, 2014 at 04:47 PM

I keep hearing about "funeral white." Are white hats and shirts acceptable? Or should I bring no white clothing?
Michael Thoryn Aug 28, 2014 at 05:47 PM

Don't think color matters. Pat and I have 4-5 changes of drip dry clothing from REI and LLBean.

Robert Yoshioka Aug 28, 2014 at 03:45 PM

Dear Bob: email: send away! Thanks, RBYoshioka

Bob Gitter Aug 28, 2014 at 03:41 PM

We were there in May of this year. It was not quite as hot as we thought it would be. On the hot days we wore cargo shorts, t-shirts and sandals. I would note that many of the toilets were the squat variety. Women might consider wearing skirts.

Although it was not on our itinerary and it does not appear to be on yours, I would recommend adding the summer palace in Beijing and for those that have an interest, the Jewish Museum in Shanghai.
Overall, a wonderful experience.

If people send me their email address at I will be glad to send them a Picasa album of our photos from the trip.


Peter Schaeffer Aug 28, 2014 at 08:31 PM

Thanks very much Bob--I'm no longer worried about being underdressed. The tips are good too, especially the Jewish Museum in Shanghai, whose existence I had not imagined!

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