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Program #3588RJ
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.
See our Small Group programs.
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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Charles from Lacey, WA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/09/14 - 11/01/14
If you have ever wanted to see historic China or see the modern China that is being built, this is the program for you. The experience was comprehensive and the guide was wonderful. Just remember, seeing China like this is a very active experience; Road Scholar isn't kidding when they say it's an active adventure with lots and lots of stairs that cannot be avoided! We had fun, learned a great deal, ate wonderful food and came home with a totally new perspective on one of the major countries of the 21st century.

Charles from Groton, VT Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/09/14 - 11/01/14
The reviews on this site that motivated me to do China By Train and Riverboat were spot on: it's the most phenomenal trip we've taken. There is no book or statistic that can prepare you for the reality of today's China. It changes your world view and that is the true value of this trip. That this trip is challenging goes with the territory. The program materials don't say how bad the pollution is, but believe me you will be shocked. If you have a respiratory illness as I do, you MUST take masks. The US State Dept has accurate air quality monitors in China but even better, excellent educational materials on what masks to choose. Follow their advice and you will do fine; I did. (Note: the program did offer masks; but based on State's advice I would not choose them.)

Tom from Laguna Niguel, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/04/14 - 09/27/14
China by Train and Yangtze River Boat is an amazing, once in a life time experience that you will never forget. This is an opportunity to see and experience China as few others get a chance to do. Just be forewarned that the activity level is pretty challenging at times and includes many, many stairs without hand rails. Also, the 11 hour train ride to Kaili is an experience you will not forget...both good and not so good!

Judy from Harrisonburg, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/08/14 - 05/31/14
Never been taken care of so well and already planning a second trip to an exotic destination for next year.

John from Naperville, IL Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/07/13 - 11/01/13
Wonderful tour with fantastic national tour guide (Meimei). Hotels were better than budget hotels I stay in when on the road. Food was also great. I urge folks to take this tour...you will not be disappointed.

Lynda from Olathe, KS Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 10/07/13 - 11/01/13
I cannot say enough positive things about China By Train. It was informative about China of old and China currently. We learned about people of China from large cities to small mountainous regions. We were given glimpses into the arts, rice and tea as it impacts China, students and education and so much more. The 26 days flew by. I can say I will not miss squat toilets, lack of TP and paper towels, or the large amount of bottled water and vegetables. Those who like veggies will be ecstatic. This trip is great.

Larry from Auburn, AL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/07/13 - 11/01/13
Wonderful experience with a great variety of cultural and educational offerings. Our group leader, Mei Mei, was fantastic. This was my first Road Scholar adventure, and it more than lived up to my expectations.

Lucy from Boise, ID Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/07/13 - 11/01/13
What a wonderful experience this time was in China. A rewarding, educational, and enriching 3 1/2 weeks. This was my first Road Scholar trip, but am already looking forward to more. Lucy from Boise

Betsy from Boise, ID Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/07/13 - 11/01/13
This program exceeded my expectations. I have been enriched by this experience.

Aaron from Los Altos, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/07/13 - 11/01/13
Don't even mull this one over----just do it. Could not have been better or more value. Third trip to China, and I'm 72.

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