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The Best of China: Imperial Capitals, Tibet and the Yangtze River

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Program #19406RJ
21 Days | 20 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
Adrienne from Arvada, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/10/13 - 10/30/13
It was a great trip..a small taste of China from many areas. We had a great group with many laughs. Our guide Wentao was wonderful, he handled many problems with grace and humor. If we wanted to do something that was not on our schedule, he would help with directions and information. It was an amazing trip and worth every packing and unpacking.

Penny from Conroe, TX Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/15/13 - 11/04/13
What an outstanding program, even more enjoyable and informative than we ever imagined. Our guide, Liu Hao, is a very special person, so communicative, competent, funny. Our fellow travelers felt like family by the time we parted. We were so pleased to learn about and meet people from all walks of Chinese life and so many geographical areas. This was our 3rd Road Scholar trip and the most memorable. Penny from Conroe, Texas

Anne from Wilmington, NC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/10/13 - 10/30/13
This is a great tour. It is an active one and informational. I think it gives a great overview of China and the Imperial History. Certainly will travel with Road Scholar again. The guide was superb.

Jane from Palo Alto, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/10/13 - 09/30/13
The cultural experience afforded by this trip has provided the basis for a new understanding of the Chinese and their needs. The opportunities to visit and interact with local people afforded by this program make it truly unique and an experience not available in other tours of China.

Martin from Honolulu, HI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/29/13 - 09/18/13
Outstanding experience!! Couldn't wish for anything better.

Nancy from Basye, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/09/13 - 05/29/13
Rick and I had high expectations because our friends Andy and Ed had raved about Mr.Lui and the outstanding trip of a lifetime they had experienced under his guidance. We were not disappointed. We were able to see all the highlights of China's anitquity and the modern transformation. Many many thanks to Liu Hao for making this an epic unforgettable journey of a lifetime.

James from Ashland, OR Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 05/09/13 - 05/29/13
This outstanding trip featured both the historic and the modern China and allowed me to see firsthand how China has changed in the 35 years since I had visited the country. A full and exciting itinerary, outstanding accommodations and meals, and a truly excellent group leader in the person of Mr. Liu Hao made this a totally successful program.

Jane from Colorado Springs, CO Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/09/13 - 05/29/13
I can not stop thinking about the experiences & comparing my everyday life with what I saw. I feel enriched by what I saw & people I interacted with, not only the guide but also some of my fellow travelers. Thank you I especially feel fortunate in having the many added side trips our guide added that contributed to my understanding and allowed a fuller experience. That he would give so much of himself and his own time was very much appreciated & did not go unnoticed

Robert from Colorado Springs, CO Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/09/13 - 05/29/13
Highlights and Insights - The Road Scholar Itinerary for Tibet and China was so well thought out and planned, that I believe we had the most complete cultural, historical, and personal experience of each country it is possible to have in the three weeks we were there. Variety, balance and an exceptional National Guide were the keys to an unforgettable experience.
Our guide Liu Hao kept all 24 of us informed, comfortable, and safe. His efficient, energetic, personable manner is exactly what we needed in a Guide. He was knowledgeable and entertaining in his explanations. He was directive in order to keep us moving and on time. He negotiated amenities at restaurants and hotels that are peculiar to westerners, which raised our comfort level. He even helped us with merchants and vendors by translating and bargaining. We trusted him and felt we could enjoy each experience without worry. Obviously Road Scholar hires the best. Thank you!

Bill from Lakeland, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/09/13 - 05/29/13
This trip by far exceeded our expectations. One major reason would be our interaction with local residents in a variety of communities made possible by our wonderful national guide, Liu Hao. His recommendations for how to use our free time maximized our trip. His knowledge of his country and the needs of tourists is exceptional. Thank you Mr. Liu for providing us a treasured memory.

Maureen from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/09/13 - 05/29/13
IF I had to describe this trip in one word it would be "astounding." That's how China presented itself to me as I saw it with and through the eyes of our extraordinary guide, Liu Hoa, the outstanding companions in our group and the well thought-out itinerary. Mr. Liu brought China to life by introducing us to local markets, neighborhoods and the habits of ordinary people. He shared his personal stories providing unique insight into the life and culture of this country. The time in Tibet was one highlight among many. Mr. Liu's sensitive guidance combined with his constant good humor made this trip indeed memorable.

Charleen from Riverside, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/09/13 - 05/29/13
This was an amazingly wonderful trip. Our splendid guide, Liu Hao, was knowledgeable, thoughtful, sensitive and efficient.He shared his knowledge and love of his country very well. We visited the great monuments and historic places in China: the terra cotta warriors and Tibet were my favorite places. Also, we were able to meet people and observe aspects of everyday life: visiting the nomad home in tibet and the relocated family along the Yangtze Mr. Liu worked very hard to see that our experiences were positive and full of information. He put so much effort into every visit and was there to help at each step of the trip. His sense of humor and caring made each day a pleasure.

Jeanine from Minden, NV Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/09/13 - 05/29/13
This was a trip we have dreamed about. Liu Hao made it a very lasting experience. We will always remember how well he treated everyone in our group as well as those vendors in the market areas when we asked questions of them. We will always have fond memories of this trip because of Liu Hao and how he treated us.

William from Ann Arbor, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/04/13 - 04/24/13
What a great opportunity to see firsthand the vastness of China - its antiquities, its modernity and the tremendous expanse of its many large urban areas. This trip provides exposure to a broad cross section of communities, its diverse cultures and the challenges of a rapidly developing modern society. Go and see it for yourself!

Mark from Potsdam, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/30/12 - 09/19/12
This was a wonderful trip. Our splendid guide, Hui, was knowledgeable, thoughtful, sensitive and efficient. The itinerary was well chosen to enable us to see the great monuments and also to observe some aspects of everyday life. We strolled through markets, ate in village homes , visited classrooms, practiced tai chi and met nomads; circumstances were surely carefully controlled, but it is possible to note the contexts and to read-between-the-lines. There was great variety on this trip, and Cynthia and I came away with a sense that we had learned important things about Chinese civilization and contemporary China. Our fellow “scholars” were a lively mix of personalities who had in common a depth of experience, curiosity and affability. Arrangements appeared seamless. Local guides and presenters were knowledgeable and responsive. Accommodations were comfortable. Mark & Cynthia Coleman

Susan from Denver, CO Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/11/12 - 10/31/12
It is hard to overestimate how good this trip was!.. We learned so much and enjoyed our guides and our fellow travelers so much! I would almost do THIS trip again!!!...

John from Macon, GA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 08/30/12 - 09/19/12
Best of China: Imperial Capitals, Tibet and the Yangtze River: We have recently returned from our trip to China. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this program. The prior planning and execution of the itinerary was superb. The program content was excellent. We enjoyed the quality of the lectures and presentations. Our primary guide was a joy, friendly and informative.

Judy from Hugo, MN Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/11/12 - 10/01/12
As a single traveler,the trip to Tibet and China was a mind altering experience-it has it all-great friendly people, wonderful food adventures, interesting travel peers, interesting lectures from accomplished experts in a wide range of interests,and experiencing the world's cultural sites-walk the Great Wall,the Forbidden City,the terra cotta warriors and so many others. WOW-pack your bag and enjoy this travel jewel.

Norma from Napa, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/11/12 - 10/01/12
I was on the same trip as Stephen and Jeff and agree that Liu was everything you want in a guide. His sense of humor kept my attention and I wish I could remember some of his jokes. His telling of his personal life including the story of his grandmother visiting his imprisoned grandfather. She had "bound feet" so you can imagine the challenge she had to walk any distance.
I especially enjoyed the Great Wall, Longmen Grotto, the walk down quiet streets in Beijing to the antique store, climbing the 700 steps to the Potola Temple as a personal challenge, visiting the nomad village in Tibet. An overall wonderful opportunity to see the highlights of Chine and Tibet. Stephen mentioned the noise of the military activity near the Lhasa Hotel. I had barking dogs. I did like the old hotel in Lhasa but it does need upgrading.

Stephen from Los Angeles, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/11/12 - 10/01/12
I was on the same trip as Jeff and highly agree about our national tour guide Liu. His caring and sharing of personal stories as well as how he guided us through viewing "people's activities," visiting with families (relocated, nomads), schools (both university and K-12 students), hutong walks in Beijing, etc. made the trip for me. The food was fine for me -- hotels were good to great with Beijing, Luoyang, Shanghai hotels super, Lhasa hotel well-situated but needs remodeling and military post nearby with frequent nightly singing/chanting was annoying, and cruise ship accomodations good. We went to tourist sites that many other tourist groups were visiting and those were fine (I liked walking on the Great Wall of China best, overall, along with seeing the terracotta soldiers and the Yangtze River cruise -- and museums in Lhasa, Shanghai, the small one on the Yangtze with artifacts from areas flooded by the dam). However, usually only the Road Scholars tourists got private lectures on Chinese history, Buddhism in Tibet, Thangka painting, Chinese instruments (with musical performance), and Chinese medicine. Although this was not a "shopping tour," Liu made sure to tell us where the best places to buy jade and silk were and took us to the wholesale places where Chinese shop and prices aren't jacked up for tourists to get those (and one can still bargain). The small shop in the Himalaya Hotel is well worth a visit.

Jeff from Santa Rosa, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/11/12 - 10/01/12
The trip was fascinating, fellow group members were warm and supportive, and our national tour guide (Liu) was personable, fun, extremely organized and knowledgeable; he shared many personal and family insights into recent Chinese history which added immeasurably to our understanding. It is hard to imagine a better guide/leader.

Livia from Madison, WI Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 05/10/12 - 05/30/12
Trip was an interesting overview of China. Our lead guide, Hui, was engaging, funny, knowledgeable, caring, and made everything run smoothly. We interacted with locals at home visits (though one must realize that they were carefully chosen for their adherence to the party line), visited nomads, walked through back alleys, visited schools and interacted and sang with the children; all adding to our understanding of the country and culture. Particularly interesting was our visit to Tibet. A real highlight. Some of the activities (shows, pedmobile ride) were too touristy for my taste. The food was just average though most of the accommodations were much better than I had expected. Local guides were knowledgeable and worked well with Hui. All in, a great trip and highly recommended. (Given recent turmoil in Tibet, not clear that portion of the trip can be included in the future.)


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