It was interesting to see your post. The China/Yangtze trip with GCT was my first trip alone after my husband died. I only did it because I had traveled with GCT before with my husband and knew that the people who take their tours would welcome me into the group easily and happily and that was exactly the case. I know it will be for you, too. I went in December, '07, and it was very cold in Beijing, but wonderfully pleasant as we progressed south toward Hong Kong. Then I went on to Thailand. You will absolutely love this trip. The Chinese are delighted to see travelers and many are actually beginning to see their own country, too. For generations they weren't able to travel. There is absolutely nothing we know that we can compare with China and it's history, so enjoy!