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China Today: Hidden Villages, Contemporary Cities and Yangtze River

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Program #16602RJ
22 Days | 21 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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.
David from Sanford, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/31/13 - 09/21/13
The Hidden Villages tour gives an excellent look at the modern cities, smaller towns, rural areas, and truly hidden (from large crowds and buses) villages. Our guide, Zhang Xue Mei, was the greatest and contributed to the success of this tour, but since she can't be on every tour RS offers, we have to say that RS and their associate in China prepared an excellent tour. There were several performances in cities and in villages, sometimes special by RS for us, and these added greatly to the experience. This was my 20th trip to China, but first on "holiday" (others were on business), so my goal of seeing the changes in China over the past 8 yrs (since last trip) was met. This tour covers Guizhou province and the minority peoples, who were very welcoming and enjoyed meeting us and our taking pictures of them (and showing them the images on the camera screens). I strongly recommend this tour. The Great Wall visit is to what I consider (based on many previous trips) is the best part in the Beijing region. It's not easy walking, but we had lots of help from local farmers. The highways range from very rough to modern and world class. I do have images in a set on flickr and hope they encourage a visit: flickr.com/photos/dslewis Look at the images of the wonderful people and go to China to meet them.

Luann from Arcadia, MI Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/13/13 - 05/04/13
The perfect program. The perfect National Guide, Mei. The perfect small group size with the perfect group of people who liked to learn, and respected each others backgrounds. We stretched our minds, our bodies, our horizons, our comfort zones! The perfect program.

William from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/01/12 - 09/22/12
I joined this program Sept. 2012 with 7 other scholars. I had a great time start to finish. China is changing so rapidly that it was revelatory to be in major cities as well as in Guizhou Province where the "old" China still exits but is rapidly being developed for tourism. Highlights for me were Maoi and Dong village concerts of song and dance. Spectacular.

David from Lompoc, CA Number of programs attended: 40
Date attended: 09/01/12 - 09/22/12
My wife and I participated in this program in Sept 2012. It was our 40th Road Scholar program. Most were active adventures (hiking or biking) and many were international. This is my first program review. Road Scholar offers a number of China programs. This one is a good choice for those interested in seeing contrasts between life in big cities and in small villages. The program is particularly well designed to show these differences. The program provider, the Chinese American Educational Exchange (CAEE), has offices in NY and China. The program is well described on the RS web site, so I won’t repeat what is there. It is a small group program, which in our case meant 8 participants. The pre-program packet was very helpful, including answers to frequently asked questions, a reading list and much more. We were encouraged to contact CAEE directly with any questions. As part of our preparation, we read books on the reading list. Our guide met us at the airport and was with us throughout the program. An English major at university, she hoped to become a high school English teacher. As luck would have it, she found this job, permitting her to use her teaching skills while exploring her own country. When not guiding she works on program improvement and development. She speaks English very well and taught us some Chinese. We spent 21 days with this young woman and it was very evident that she loves her job. This program is described as “moderately challenging.” From our perspective, it is not very physically active but it does involve a lot of travel. But extensive traveling “comes with the territory” for most international programs. (There are the international flights as well as, four within China plus hours of travel in a van.) China is slightly larger than the USA and if you want to see it, travel is a part of it. We learned so much about China in preparing for and taking this program. We loved it and can’t stop telling our friends about it.


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"Dong wind and rain bridges are built with no nails and provide a beautiful meeting place in all weather" Uploaded By: Teresa
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"Every Dong village in Guizhou has at least one drum tower" Uploaded By: Teresa

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