From Kate:

I’ve never used a travel agent …

Sat, 02/11/2013 - 15:37
In the past few months I’ve heard from a number of people who said they have never worked with a travel agent.  So the next few blog entries will be devoted to Travel Basics such as Finding a travel agent, questions a travel agent should ask you, when to use a travel agent and the value of Continue Reading

Orphanage Visits in Guangdong Province, China

Thu, 31/10/2013 - 16:31
Adoptive families returning to China with their older adopted children believe that a visit to their child’s orphanage is an integral part of their trip.  Often the families did not get a chance to visit the orphanage on the first visit to China to pick up their child. While being given permission to visit an Continue Reading

Escorted Tours to China

Sat, 27/07/2013 - 17:29
If you are one of those travelers who insist on traveling in a group to a foreign destination, one of the best tours companies offering escorted tours to China has to be Wendy Wu Tours.  Wendy Wu Tours has been in business a number of years but has offered tours to US clients for only Continue Reading

Culinary Tour of China

Fri, 12/04/2013 - 19:38
Major tour operators are getting into the Culinary Tourism business.  This came across my email recently from a well-known tour operator and provides an interesting overview of Chinese cuisine.   Not for the true foodie or professional cook, but good for beginners who want to add an culinary aspect to their tour of China. Culinary Tour is Continue Reading

Free! Free! If it seems to good to be true …

Mon, 18/02/2013 - 18:33
We’ve all heard that warning and in this case I’m referring to two different travel companies that are offering “Kids Travel Free” for Motherland or Heritage Tours to China.  Specifically the “free” means one adopted child in the family travels for free on the China itinerary when traveling with two adults sharing one room. This Continue Reading

New: Beijing Now Has A 72-Hour Visa-Free Stay Policy

Thu, 31/01/2013 - 17:22
As of January 2013, an American traveler can now stay in Beijing without a visa.  China’s intention is to make Beijing more accessible to travelers who are stopping in Beijing for a few hours.  Actually, this new visa-free rule allows a traveler to stay in Beijing for up to 72 hours.  The Beijing Capital International Continue Reading

The BIG Question: Cost of a Motherland or Birth Country Tour

Thu, 03/01/2013 - 20:28
After people make the decision to go on a Motherland or Birth Country Tour, the next question is always:  What is this going to cost me? An INDEPENDENT tour of China and Korea will end up costing about the same per day per traveler.  In China, hotel accommodations and English-speaking guides can be reasonable, there Continue Reading

The HOW of a Motherland or Birth Country Tour

Fri, 28/12/2012 - 16:38
The when, what and where have been discussed, so now we move onto the HOW. A Motherland or Birth Country Tour can be one of the most important trips of your life.  This is so much more than getting on the internet and making some reservations.  Carefully consider your travel options and keep in mind Continue Reading

The WHERE of a Motherland Tour

Wed, 19/12/2012 - 19:10
Before you decide WHERE you want to go on your own Motherland Tour, think about the amount of time you want to spend traveling.  I refer to this as a “feet on the ground” itinerary planning.  Taking into account the amount of time it takes to get to your destination and return, you can lose Continue Reading

WHEN to take a Motherland Tour

Thu, 29/11/2012 - 19:01
WHEN the “best” time to take a Motherland Tour is  really two separate issues:  what age and what time of year. Age is really an individual decision.  For younger adoptees, my suggestion is 8 yrs. and older.  By 8 years, an adoptee should be able to handle international travel, understanding what it is they are Continue Reading