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The Chinese generally respect age far more than do their Western counterparts. Increasingly there are more "senior discounts" (for those over 70) offered at tourist attractions. If you book a hotel from an international hotel chain overseas, inquire about but don't expect senior discounts. In Shanghai, brace yourself for long stairways at some museums and temples, and impatient crowds everywhere you turn.

Elderhostel (tel. 877/426-8056; www.elderhostel.org) arranges study/travel programs for those age 55 and over (and a spouse or companion of any age) in the U.S. and in more than 80 countries around the world, including China. ElderTreks (tel. 800/741-7956; www.eldertreks.com) also offers expensive small-group tours to China.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.