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Program #15122RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
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.
Patricia from Hilton, NY Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 09/14/13 - 09/29/13
This is a well-planned combination of iconic sites (Xi'an terracotta soldiers, Forbidden City, hutongs), museums (Shanghai history/art, Xi'an archaeology), people-watching (Temple of Heaven park, Tienanmen Square), geology (Li River), and cultural and economic transformation (Yangtze cruise). We experienced the usual Road Scholar characteristics of high information lectures and bus discussions, above-average accommodations, compatible companions, typical food, and a busy schedule. Be ready for the necessary in-country air travel. Things we enjoyed more than we expected to included the Beijing Opera evening and the days on the boat. Our guide, John (Mr. Zhang), was the best we have had on all our international trips; we'll never think about silkworms the same way!

Kiturah from Newbury Park, CA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 09/14/13 - 09/29/13
Another fabulous road scholar trip. Our guide was great. The professor in Xian was fantastic. Loved the meal in the Hutong. The ricks shaw ride was fun. As was the visit to the farm in southern China. Love those travels into real Chinese life.

Diana from Chicago, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/20/13 - 05/05/13
The Icons of China trip in Ap/May 2013 was one I'll remember forever! The accommodations, itinerary and variety of activities created an experience that surpassed many of my other international travel adventures. I learned so much about China...history, art, geography, culture, lifestyles and personal stories came together in a way that created a broad understanding of this place. I came away with a much deeper appreciation for the culture and expression of the parts of China we experienced, along with a strong interest in learning more and watching China change over the coming years. Our guide, Mr. Liu, was absolutely professional, enthusiastic and unflagging in his energy and enthusisasm for making our trip the best it could possibly be. I highly recommend this trip, and look forward to my next Road Scholar adventure.

Miriam from Syracuse, NY Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 04/06/13 - 04/21/13
I have wanted to go to China all my life since I read a slim book about a young girl who sacrificed her life building the Great Wall… very romantic and sad for a young reader. Also there was Pearl Buck's, "The Good Earth," which I read several times. My trip showed the new China, not the old repressive China, a country of bustling, cosmopolitan, forward-looking cities. The people I met were friendly, and the new buildings architecturally beautiful. We saw many of the old sites China is famous for: the Great Wall, and the Forbidden City, as well as the 3 Gorges dam, pandas, Tianenmen Square, a ride in a sampan and a cruise on the Yangtze. Our tour group was only 9 people; we are grateful that Road Scholar chose not to cancel the tour, but let us go ahead with it. It was a whirlwind tour: 4 plane rides, 6 hotels and the most fantastic, funny, caring, well-informed guide."

Kathleen from Austin, TX Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/20/13 - 05/05/13
Without a doubt this trip/experience was a life changing event. We on;y think we know or understand other cultures. Thank you Mr. Liu and thank you Road Scholars for opening my eyes and mind to a totally different experience. There are no words to express how thankful I am to both of you.

Julia from Palo Alto, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/20/13 - 05/05/13
Julia from Palo Alto, CA Date attended: 4-20-13 to 5-5-13 Number of programs attended: 3 This memorable trip was simply wonderful. I learned so much about Chinese history and the fascinating people. Walking on the Great Wall and seeing the Terra Cotta Warriors was a thrill. The scenery viewed from the boat trip in the Three Gorges Dam area was breathtaking. Our guide, Mr. Liu, took such good care of us and is a really great resource, and a very nice man.

Kathleen from Valencia, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/20/13 - 05/05/13
This wonderful trip changed my prospective of China. Hitting all the best highlights of China it was the perfect length of time. So many activities, it is a great value for the cost. Mr Lui, our tour guide, could not have been more caring or knowledgable. If you are ready for cultural differences, great Chinese food, and seeing world wonders, this is the trip for you

Muriel from Syracuse, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/06/13 - 04/21/13
The experience of a lifetime

Timothy from Riverview, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/20/12 - 11/04/12
The best part of the trip was our visit to Shanghai! Both the National Guide and Local Guide did an amazing job explaining the history and development of the city. The visit to the Shanghai Museum, the Acrobatic show, and the garden were great! However, we did not spend enough time to experience the tempo and flavor of the city.

Priscilla from Milwaukee, WI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/06/12 - 10/21/12
A delightful experience. A true addition to anyone's "bucket list". The sights you see, things you get to experience; walk on the Great Wall, see the Forbidden City and Tinn Sq., the Terra Cotta Warriors, Cruise the Yantze River and the Three Gorges, you are experiencing the history of a country that precedes the founding of the US. A great value, I highly recommend this adventure.

Renee from Northbrook, IL Number of programs attended: 26
Date attended: 10/06/12 - 10/21/12
This trip was fabulous. I can't say enough about the interesting things we saw and learned. Great care was taken to insure everyone was safe and enjoyed the experience. Our guide was a delightful, knowledgeable, conscientious, and capable young woman.

Judith from Pueblo West, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/06/12 - 10/21/12
Completely over-the-top experience. From sight-seeing, to lectures, to every day lives of people, to all the famous sights you've ever wanted to see, to demonstrations of Chinese art and music, to hands-on, try-it-yourself experiences, this trip was everything I'd hoped for and more.

Lore from San Diego, CA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 09/08/12 - 09/23/12
My bucket list trip went beyond my expectations.

Mary from Oak Ridge, TN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/08/12 - 09/23/12
If you have ever wondered at China's Great Wall or the Terra Cotta Warriors, if you love learning about all the diversity of a country, if you want a cultural taste of art, music, dance and MUST take this tour offered by Road Scholar. And if you have a choice, ask for Hu Lin as your guide. The whole experience was sensational!!!

Linda from Oakland, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/10/11 - 09/25/11
I enjoyed this trip a great deal. I wish the weather had cooperated a bit more. The walk on the Great Wall was much anticipated, but the fog/drizzle so deep you could not see the "vistas." We got bumped from our hotel in Xian and spent 2 days in a dilapidated business hotel. It reeked of cigarette smoke, had mold on the ceilings and mildew everywhere. Just awful! Yet, the Terra Cotta warriors left me breathless.
We got flooded out on the first day on the Yangtze--were captive on the boat--a bummer. The sun finally came out and we had 2 terrific days cruising. I was very taken with Shanghai. The architecture is stunning. The Shanghai acrobat performances awesome. Our tour leader was personable, spoke excellent English and was very witty. He made the trip special.

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14 nights of accommodations
40 meals: 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 14 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
19 Field trips
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