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16 Days | 15 Nights
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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
David from Westerville, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/10/15 - 10/25/15
I cannot praise Zhang Xuemei ("Mei-Mei") enough as our guide on the Oct 11 - 25th China trip: she was excellent and can't be praised highly enough!

Shirley from Delafield, WI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/10/15 - 10/25/15
Two weeks packed with every favorite sight and event in this part of China...the acrobatic performance was astounding, the history lecture was perfect, and the river tours were awesome. Heads up...the air pollution may be challenging for those with respiratory issues, and the activity level could be described as "moderately challenging," in my opinion!

Joanna from Wilmington, NC Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/10/15 - 10/25/15
This trip to China was an all-around wonderful experience!

Mary from Sun Prairie, WI Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/10/15 - 10/25/15
This program should not be missed. China's importance in the world is growing and what we learned on this trip expanded my knowledge and understanding and love for the country. The people were so friendly, warm, and welcoming I will remember them fondly. And our guide, Mei, was wonderful. If you go I hope you have her for a guide.

Pamela from Montgomery, AL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/05/15 - 09/20/15
This program was outstanding in every regard. I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I highly recommend this program for anyone interested in or curious about China. I took advantage of the suggestions on the program's reading list and learned a great deal before starting the program. All of the advanced reading definitely enhances the travel experience and was well worth the time spent. This trip provided a treasure of exceptional opportunities and memories!

Donna from Arlington, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/12/15 - 09/27/15
I enthusiastically recommend this trip to anyone wishing an introduction to China that is as comprehensive as could possibly be undertaken in about two weeks. Our guide, Hao Liu, was energetic, knowledgeable, and went out of his way many times to enhance our experience. The trip was a good combination of visits to many major historical and natural wonders of China, alongside opportunities to learn more about the country's culture and how it is changing. Having experienced Road Scholar's approach to educational travel, I can't imagine taking one of the "usual" tours, where one sees the sites but has little opportunity to gain insight into the people, both through the tremendous amount of input from the guide, who really wanted us to understand Chinese history and culture, as well as the two private homes and a university that we had a chance to visit. This was a marvelous trip for the intellectually engaged traveler, of which there were many in our convivial group.

Mary from Tustin, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/12/15 - 09/27/15
We thoroughly enjoyed this trip. In addition to seeing the major attractions, we received so much information and understanding of China and her people. The lectures were great. Eating in local restaurants and having the opportunity to talk with citizens in their homes provided an added dimension to the trip. Liu Hao did a great job of leading and supporting us throughout the trip. Some practical notes--the RS literature says 'new bills' in reference to your US dollars; be sure yours say Federal Reserve Note or they cannot be used/exchanged in China. Take more meds than you think you'll need; several folks on our trip needed cough suppressants and at least a few of us were glad we'd brought along antibiotics.

Godan from Burnsville, MN Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/12/15 - 09/27/15
This is a very good program not to just see and learn about China, but also to get a feel for the pulse of the people. The Chines staff went out of their way to ensure we understood Chinese people, culture, history, cuisine, medicine, language and daily life. More could not have been packed in such short time without taxing us physically and mentally.

Martha from Georgetown, TX Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 04/04/15 - 04/19/15
This trip exceeded my high expectations. Wentao was an exceptional group leader. The other participants were fun to be with. I truly felt I experienced so many different aspects of China. By doing so I came away with a greater appreciation of globalization and international connectivity and trade. It truly was a most memorable trip. Gavin definitely summed up well what we all experienced.

Gavin from Waterville, OH Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 04/04/15 - 04/19/15
Ni hao! This is how our leader Wentao greeted us everyday and each time he stepped up to speak to us. It is a welcome in Chinese and defined the program under his leadership....very welcoming. He was a wonderful leader, one of the best I have encountered in 8 Road Scholar trips. He was knowledgeable, had a great sense of humor and knew how to get 22 people from point A to point B in places that we had never been. The breadth of this program is amazing. The journey by bus, train, plane and river boat covers thousands of miles and along the way Wentao kept us informed and entertained with interactive discussions and experiences that related to all aspects of historical and cultural China. He made the trip very easy to make even though we had a lot of ground and river to cover. An enjoyable feature was to meet with some local people who gave us a chance to meet people and learn about their life and perspectives. He and our local guides translated and we had some good exchanges with them. We had time to visit local markets and street vendors and do some shopping. We were also directed to some very high quality places to do some shopping--tea, jade and pearls and got to see a Chinese painter do a painting from blank piece of rice paper to finished fantastic picture. The Yangtze River cruise was incredible and relaxing too. I was enthralled and excited to learn about China and have a dream of mine come true to experience not just see China. This program did just that. I cannot give enough praise to this program and Wentao. My wife and I are still reliving and redoing our trip to China and will for a very long time. Congratulations to Road Scholar for a high quality program with exceptional leadership.

Kirk from Lexington, KY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/18/14 - 11/02/14
My Hat"s off to Zhao Bin, our guide, and those who supported him through the two weeks, Road Scholar, and the Chinese people (past and present) for Rocking my World! I'm in absolute awe of what has come before and is in progress today in China. All this and the word "freedom" was never uttered or conveyed as a important individual agenda during our conversations. Harmony and Central Control (CCP) carry the day.

Susan from Union, NJ Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/18/14 - 11/02/14
We could not have had a better guide than Zhao Bin for our tour. There was nothing that he wouldn't do for us, find out for us, or help us with. This was a busy tour, with very little down time-but then China is a big country. You need to experience a trip there to even begin to start to understand what China is like today. As always, Road Scholar means that you are learning as you travel-we had exposure to art, history and music in such pleasant ways! A trip to remember!

Barbara from Beachwood, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/18/14 - 11/02/14
Zhao Bin was a fantastic tour guide, very caring and extremely informative. The program was great and served as an insight to all aspects of China. The only thing that i would eliminate was the trip to the dam . For some reason we did not stay on the cruise ship till after lunch as per the itinerary but left early and visited the dam in the for then took a bullet train and then a flight to shanghai, which proved to be a travel day and not in keeping with the rest of the trip. I would highly recommend Road Scholar. Barbara Martorello Orange village, Ohio

Janice from Burlington, VT Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 10/18/14 - 11/02/14
Outstanding program. Itinerary and program activities were well-balanced. Tour guide, Zhao Bin is exceptional. What an incredible introduction to the vastness and diversity that is China.

Elizabeth from Summerville, SC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/13/14 - 09/28/14
What a great experience, with great people and a super great tour guide, China made a great impression especially with Road Scholar leading the way,they made it easy and full of memorable days, I cant imagine having done this trip any other way !

Jane from Putnam Valley, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/13/14 - 09/28/14
I highly recommend this tour if you want to see China. We had a wonderful time and could never have experienced so much any other way. Every day was so full of many wonderful experiences. So much variety. People on the tour were all warm and friendly and our tour guide was tremendously competent, knowledgeable and entertaining. A totally delightful experience! Thinking about where to go next with Roads Scholar. They rally know how to do it!!

Michael from Silver Spring, MD Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/13/14 - 09/28/14
Excellent trip with engaging co-travelers and an experienced, resourceful tour leader. Pack light and wash drip-dry clothes in your room. Throw in a duffle in case gifts exceed luggage space.

Gloria from Mankato, MN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/05/14 - 04/20/14
The trip was excellent. We traveled from April 5-20, 2014 and enjoyed just about everything about it. Our guide, Wentao, went way above the call of duty to make sure that each individual's needs were satisfied. Two things to keep in mind: If you are taking this trip because it offers a gluten-free option, don't. I know this from experience. Road Scholar's Chinese gluten-free option is simply an exercise in frustration. Secondly, we did not get our flight information until we were boarding the plane. No chance to tell family what flight we were on, and no opportunity to register our frequent flier numbers in order to claim points. I tried to discuss these things with Road Scholar upon returning, but no one answered my emails or returned my phone calls. But I thoroughly enjoyed the trip! And lost weight!

Carla from Hockessin, DE Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/26/14 - 05/11/14
We could not have been more pleased with our tour. It was well-planned, and there were no delays or problems at all. Our guide, Wentau, was a delight and an excellent guide. He made the tour especially good. We will recommend this tour to anyone.

Dawn from Wilmington, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/17/14 - 06/01/14
After having experienced my first Road Scholar trip of a lifetime, Classic Icons of China, I can't wait to explore my next Road Scholar adventure! Thank you!

Mary from Kennewick, WA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/05/14 - 04/20/14
If you enjoy history, China is definitely the place to go! China is so rich in cultural heritage and totally different from the USA, South America and Europe. There is a vast beauty about China: from outstanding natural scenery, intricately detailed and colorful architecture, to attractive landscaping everywhere, with carefully trained and well-pruned trees, vast green areas in all the cities and along the highways, and very clean. The food is very diverse and delicious, and you have plenty of opportunity to interact with the locals to personally learn about China. It's the chance of a lifetime.

William from Alexandria, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/26/14 - 05/11/14
Our guide, Wentao, opened my eyes to China, opened my mind to China, and he opened my heart to China.

Glenda from Bend, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/05/14 - 04/20/14
I want to ditto what Steve said about our trip. I think the only negative was the air conditioning. The planes were great. The guides were great! The learning experience fantastic! I highly recommend this trip to everybody. I just loved it! This was my first visit to China and I enjoyed it more than a 10 day bus trip tour to a few countries in Europe.

Steven from Houston, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/05/14 - 04/20/14
This was our first experience with Road Scholar. Our guide Wentao was great- knowledgeable, well-spoken, friendly, patient, funny . We learned a lot about China. A lot of travel days but well worth it. You get to see a wide selection of country and city-life in China. Had the opportunity during free time to visit a silk manufacturing company in Shanghai. Saw major sites including Terracotta warriors, Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven. Very informative lecture from Prof. Yang at the university in Xi'an. The Shanghai acrobat show was spectacular. Meals are mostly family-style on a lazy Susan and generally good and plentiful. The flights within China were mostly on time and on full-size jets (most were Airbus 320). The Chinese people are friendly and very eager to meet foreigners. Unfortunately, some of the hotels did not turn on their A/C units in early April. Nevertheless, highly recommend this tour.

William from Norman, OK Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 04/05/14 - 04/20/14
This tour offers active travelers an opportunity to see the five most popular China destinations in only 16 days. Four domestic China flights are included. These were on full size jets, Boeing 737 or Airbus 320/321, each with adequate OH bin space Our five hotels were all first class. Our cruise ship was showing some wear, but the cabins were spacious and the food was good. Our guide, Shi Wentao, was outstanding. Knowledgeable, sincere, unlimited patience, a subtle sense of humor. In addition to the obvious world class attractions shown in the itinerary, I particularly enjoyed the following: 1. Xi'an university lecture and student walking tour. 2. Solo walk of of market streets in Xi'an old quarter. 3. Yangshuo farm house visit. 4. Visit to a "relocated farmer" along the Yangtze plus a tour of the nearby town market. My compliments also to the Chinese people on their friendliness.

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