This is a great trip made better by the program director, Albert, and the local guides. They all went the extra mile to enrich our experience. We saw everything from ancient artifacts to metropolitan areas. The museums in Shanghai and Beijing were spectacular and the terra cotta army, summer palace, and Great Wall were breathtaking. The home-hosted lunches were good down home food, but the included restaurant lunches and dinners were nearly all substandard. I have had Chinese food in the U.S., Canada, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Vietnam and loved it. This trip provided meals that were consistently bland, seemingly prepared for tourists, and reminiscent of third rate mom and pop Chinese restaurants in the States. Portions were skimpy. On the plus side, they induced us to search the markets for snacks and instant noodles. Everything else was a fascinating and educational experience.