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16 Days | 15 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Charlotte McGee Sep 08, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Hi, Peter! Please do let us have your comments on this trip after your return and whether or not the masks were necessary. Thanks, Charlotte
Peter Schaeffer Sep 09, 2014 at 08:43 AM

Will do, Charlotte.

Vermont Traveler Sep 08, 2014 at 10:11 AM

I ordered the 3M 8511 Particulate N95 Respirator with Valve 10 Pack from Amazon. Having read all of the equivocal literature and reviews, it seemed an adequate option. Probably won't be fun wearing it, but better than nothing.
Robert Yoshioka Sep 08, 2014 at 04:08 PM

You made a good choice...we also got this or another one like it. They are disposable, and could last for a number of wearings. We have 5 each...I believe from the literature, one can wear each one until they are dirty...they do not wash...I suspect that if you wear them and don't run a marathon, they should last for a couple of uses (or a couple of days) how ever you do it. Have a great time...we are on the October 7 tour. Sorry to miss you...we will all have a blast.
Faye Sibert Sep 14, 2014 at 12:43 AM

My group in May did not wear masks or respirators. It really didn't seem necessary. A few Chinese wore them here and there but don't recall any Americans wearing them. Beijing had the most visable pollution. A couple of days were clear and we saw the hills.

Vermont Traveler Sep 08, 2014 at 07:43 AM

I have friends locally whose daughter and family have lived in Beijing for several years until a month ago. They visited early in the summer. He showed me his last mask worn in Beijing. Bits of gray particulate matter all over the outside of it. He is a retired physician and he and his wife both said everyone wears masks outdoors there and that I should get them for the trip. What he showed me appeared to be made of white disposable "fabric" with loops that go around the ears. Chinese characters on the mask...obviously they got them from their daughter's supply in Beijing. I'm on the Oct. 18 departure and plan to get some here before I go, but haven't researched where or what kind.
Peter Schaeffer Sep 08, 2014 at 09:32 AM

Thanks Vermont. I'm thinking I'll get this 10-pack for myself and my wife: If we don't use them it's no great loss.

Peter Schaeffer Sep 07, 2014 at 09:01 PM

No doubt this has been discussed frequently, but here goes: what are people's views on face masks? I read every position imaginable on them on China travel forums. Anyone?

p.s. I'm in the September 13 tour.


Michael Thoryn Sep 07, 2014 at 09:18 PM

We're on your trip and bought two as a precaution. About $20, cloth, with carbon insert.
Robert Yoshioka Sep 07, 2014 at 11:42 PM

I, like you googled and researched the possibilities, pro and con of masks. We have a friend who is in China right now, and has not used the masks he took. Go figure. If you have masks and you do not use them, then leave it with the tour guide for someone else to use. As I said, we are taking disposalbe masks. Hope this helps. There are numerous brands, but we went with 3M. RBYoshioka

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

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