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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. 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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Gayle Brooker Aug 20, 2015 at 10:32 PM

Judith, my husband and I, Bryan and Gayle, are going to Hong Kong after the China trip. You will have to tell us about your visit.. In our research we have heard there is a laser light show on the promenade every night. We are staying at the Park Hotel where Road Scholar does stay on trips. There is a great history museum just a few blocks form the hotel.
We arrive in Beijing Sept 3 just before everyone. There is a huge National VJ Day parade that day in Tiananmen Square. September 3-5 is a national holiday this year. We will see how crowed Beijing is!

Judith Peckham Aug 18, 2015 at 05:12 PM

We, Judy and Gene Peckham, are registered for the Sept 4 trip, looking forward to our 1st Road Scholar trip (though we've traveled all over with other programs.). We're are going to Hong Kong first, arriving Aug. 31st and staying till the 4th when we'll fly to Beijing and meet the group there.
Would love to find out who else will be in the group, and whether anyone else will be in HongKong at the same time we are.
Jacquelyn King Aug 19, 2015 at 02:12 PM

I think you will enjoy RS, this is our 7th trip. Be sure to take the Star Ferry, go to Victoria Peak, take the bus over HK island to the ocean, flea mkt and other things there. See you in Bejing

Jacquelyn King Jun 24, 2015 at 06:09 PM

Is anyone out there who is registered for the Sept 4 2015 trip?
Gayle Brooker Aug 15, 2015 at 01:29 AM

We, Gayle and Bryan Brooker have registered. We have watched many show on CCTV and Smithonian.. Hope you signed up.

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!

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