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Bob K Jan 29, 2016 at 12:14 PM

Anyone else scheduled for the October 8th trip?

Jane Peppard Jan 01, 2016 at 01:41 PM

Anyone have any advice on vaccinations specific to this trip's itinerary? We looked at the State Dept and the CDC: one says nothing special needed and the other seems to be suggesting typhoid. Any opinions?
Godan Nambudiripad Jan 01, 2016 at 03:37 PM

We did not take any. Sore throat and cold like symptoms due to air pollution was something a few of us suffered when in polluted cities like Xi'an.
Bob K Jan 01, 2016 at 05:44 PM

We are not planning other than make sure your hepatitis and tetnaus are up to date
Godan Nambudiripad Jan 01, 2016 at 08:37 PM

I found all the food offered were steamed or stir fried, processes that should kill all micro organisms that causes issues. I avoided all salads which I was not sure how hygienic . I ate fruits since the interiors of fruits should be OK.
Bob K Jan 02, 2016 at 05:13 AM

Living in a "third" world country I am used to being care ful about veggies, salads and fruits.

Godan Nambudiripad Dec 20, 2015 at 09:39 AM

What we found after coming back from the trip is that now we get much better sense when we read articles on China. Also we read many books on China after we came back and could understand them much better after the trip. So may be Road Scholar should give a reading list for people who already have taken the trip.
Bob K Dec 20, 2015 at 11:53 AM

Thanks for the heads up. Do you have a book in mind to read pretrip?
Bob K Dec 20, 2015 at 11:53 AM

Thanks for the heads up. Do you have a book in mind to read pretrip?
Godan Nambudiripad Dec 20, 2015 at 12:17 PM

I skimmed through some of the books recommended by Road Shcolar which they gave when asked., and available at local library. Read on history and culture. The strange names kept it difficult to digest. But reading the same after I came back was much easier since the names did not sound so strange and also learned to read, for example Qing is read like Ching
Godan Nambudiripad Dec 20, 2015 at 12:17 PM

Bob K Dec 20, 2015 at 01:25 PM

thank you

Bob K Dec 20, 2015 at 08:09 AM

I know it is early but we have booked for October 8, 2016. Can anyone tell us how long ti took to get your passports back after sending them off for the visa. We actually live outside of the US and don't want to be with out passports for a lengthy period of time. Thanks
Bob K
Godan Nambudiripad Dec 20, 2015 at 09:36 AM

The passport service Road Scholar recommended, and the one we used was very good with estimating the time it took to process etc. They were very helpful, even though, as hey admitted hey cannot fully predict how long it will take for the Chinese embassy to process. Did you try calling them?
Graham Attlesey Dec 20, 2015 at 09:55 AM

Bob, We mailed our application on Jan 5th, it was approved on Jan 28th and arrived at our home two days later.
Paul Campbell Dec 20, 2015 at 03:04 PM

Bob, using the RS recommended service, it took about 6 weeks to get our passports back. They said it was a busy time and the Chinese consulate would only process so many a day. In the past when I have applied for Chinese visas I used other companies and always had my passport back in less than 30 days. I will say that when we called they got on it and we had our passports back in a little more that a week. I would suggest that if you use the RS recommendation you stay in contact with them through the process.
Bob K Dec 20, 2015 at 03:17 PM

Thanks we will do that. Living outside of the US with US passports adds another layer of concern as we have to mail them UPS from here and back again.

Robert Yoshioka Dec 09, 2015 at 08:18 PM

Hi! All of the hotels we stayed at, and also on board the river cruise, had laundry facilities, in fact, we got free laundry on the cruise. Just bring enough clothes to wear for a week and then you are only going to have to consider laundry once, maybe twice. Things can be worn over and over, and even your underwear can be worn "inside out," for longer use. Just take more cologne, wipe yourself down and have a blast. Remember to try and eat street food in Xian. Your national guide can get you to the goods. Share your experiences! Bon Voyage! R and B Yoshioka

David Fry Dec 09, 2015 at 10:34 AM

My father and I will be taking this trip in April. Question for those who have done it before: are there opportunities to do laundry along the way? Will any of the hotels have laundry service? Thank you!
Rena Rabinowitz Dec 09, 2015 at 05:50 PM

Hi David I think all of the hotels have laundry facilities but the laundry is almost always done by the hotel for a charge. Best bet - bring a travel size detergent pack, stretchy clothes line and clothes pins. You will love the trip.

Sharon Scott Oct 05, 2015 at 02:17 PM

Did this trip May 2015 and it was great. John is a wonderful guide. Skip the included dinners when you can (except on the cruise, where food was good) and find much better food at any number of places that hotel concierges can recommend.
Godan Nambudiripad Oct 05, 2015 at 03:24 PM

yes, but the food offered to us by the guide was authentic local food and I thought it was part of the experience
Graham Attlesey Dec 20, 2015 at 09:59 AM

We enjoyed trying the different foods during our trip in 2013 because we really got a great variety. Some things were not to our "style" but gave us a more realistic feel for the foods of China. The only thing that bothered us was the fact that the meats usually do not have all fat, skin etc removed from them. however just look back at the great food issues they had where they would eat grass, tree bark etc to survive.

Robert Yoshioka Oct 05, 2015 at 01:50 PM

Bon Voyage, Ellen! Try to go to the Muslim market in Xian after you see the warriors! The "dumpling" dinner and show are totally "missable." Have a great time. It is hard to believe that it's been over a year since our trip. We want to go back! If John is your national guide, please give him our best. R and B Yoshioka
Ellen Goldman Oct 05, 2015 at 02:11 PM

thanks robert, will take your advice!!

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