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Some common questions and answers regarding wushu scholar travel:

You'll probably have many questions when planning a trip with Wushu Scholar. We hope the following FAQ can answer most of them.

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any additional questions you may have, and we will be happy to answer them for you.

You can email any questions to or by filling in our inquiry form.

General Trip Questions:

Trip Booking Questions:

Travel Tips & Other Information:
. . How many years has Wushu Scholar Travel been in business? back to top
Wushu Scholar has been online since 2001 launching it's resource based subscription service in 2002. Dennis has been organising martial arts travel trips to China since 1985, taking his FWC students with him on his research trips. Wushu Scholar Travel is a more recent addition to the website providing trips to members of the general public.
. . What kind of trips does Wushu Scholar Travel offer? back to top
Our roots are in martial arts, but we aim to offer trips covering all aspects of Chinese Culture including Massage & Meditation, Sightseeing, Bodyguard services etc.

The trips are chosen to suit people of all ages and abilities from those wanting a leisurely and enjoyable trip to those looking to attain Olympic standards training e.g. in Modern Wushu. For more information have a look at the range of trips we have in our Wushu Scholar Travel section.
. . How does Wushu Scholar Travel rate the trips in terms of difficulty? back to top
Each trip is rated on a level of "1" to "5" ("1" is easiest, "5" is most strenuous) across 3 rating categories: Physical, Mental and Technical. More details are provided on our 'Ratings Explained Page'.
. . How do I know if I'm fit enough? back to top
Besides the trip activity, the most important thing about choosing your trip is making sure it best suits your interests and physical abilities. You can find a detailed description of physical requirements for each trip in the detailed itinerary but we also strongly encourage you to contact our trip experts and discuss the physical requirements with them if you are unsure. They will be happy to assist you in choosing the trip that's right for you.

Most people will be able to get in shape for their upcoming adventure - if they start several months before departure and take their training program seriously. Always consult a physician before commencing any new workout program. Take your training program seriously - it'll be worth it!

We want you to be on the right trip just as much as you do. Therefore, if you have any questions about your (or the trip's) fitness level, please contact us at or use our feedback inquiry form.
. . Who travels with Wushu Scholar and what is the maximum group size? back to top
You're probably wondering about the people with whom you'll share your adventure. Chances are, they're a lot like you. Our guests include families, couples, friends, and solo travelers from all walks of life.

While you're here, let us dispel any misconceptions you may have about "group travel." Our groups are intentionally kept small-usually less than 15 people-so you will not feel herded around while receiving the personal attention important for your trip.
. . What's included in my Wushu Scholar trip? back to top
Included/excluded items are trip specific - these are shown on the trip notes pages for each trip. Generally speaking the following are included in all our trips:

Expert leadership/tuition, accommodations, meals as noted in the itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner), airport transfers, sightseeing as noted in the itinerary and ground transportation (note you are required to purchase travel insurance as a condition for all Wushu Scholar Travel bookings).

Items that are typically not included in our trips:

International airfare, charter flights, meals not noted on itinerary, insurance of any kind, optional tipping, guides and local staff, excess baggage charges, airport taxes (if any), cost of medical immunizations, and items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.), entrance fees, permits, and internal airfare.

Specific day-by-day itineraries for each departure will give you more complete information on what is included and what isn't for your trip. Please check your itinerary for more information, email us at or use our feedback inquiry form.
. . What kind of accommodations can I expect? back to top
The accommodation available for each trip depends on the school providing the training course - to a large extent this depends on where in China you are visiting i.e. how developed it is. Where possible we look to provide you with a wide choice of comfort levels - possible accommodation types include self-catering, stay with local family as lodger, 2* star hotel, 3* star hotel, 4* star hotel, 5* star hotel and 6* star hotel. Please check the price information for your trip of interest for further details.
. . What is the food like? What if I have a special diet request? back to top
One of the nicest things about traveling in foreign lands is discovering fantastic regional cuisine. We include most or all meals on our trips, so during your stay you will get to dine in restaurants and sample a variety of tempting local dishes.

In some regions the supply of produce may be more limited and consequently the food will be less varied. But you can rest assured that it will always be hearty, healthy, and tasty.

We will try to accommodate any special diet requests you may have (e.g. vegetarian and vegan), you will need to indicate this when signing up for a trip.

For questions about the cuisine on our trips, please contact us at or use our feedback inquiry form.
. . Who are the trip leaders? back to top
We know well that it's more than just a matter of the destination, or gourmet food that gives a trip its greatness. That greatness, without a doubt, comes from the trip leaders/tutors - and we are proud to offer you the best of the best. Your trip leaders are often the key to an unforgettable experience.

You'll learn more from them than from any book and their expertise, undying enthusiasm, skills, cultural understanding, and safety training are unparalleled. Besides showing you wonders you'd never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch.

For questions about your trip leaders please contact us at or use our feedback inquiry form.
. . What do I need to bring? back to top
All you need to bring - besides your spirit of adventure - is your personal gear. Don't worry, we'll send you a detailed clothing and equipment list in your pre-departure information package so you know what you'll need. We provide the rest.
. . Can I create a custom itinerary, and/or book a private trip? back to top
Yes! Our trips are a perfect way to share and celebrate special occasions with friends and family and ideal for special-interest groups and corporate training programs. You can reserve an entire trip departure just for your group or let us create a special trip tailored to your specific needs and wishes.

If you can imagine it, we can make it happen! We take care of all the details: tutors, accommodations, meal arrangements, transportation, and equipment. Please use our 'Travel Enquiry' form on our travel page to send us details of your requirements.

For more information please contact us at
. . Does Wushu Scholar offer any group discounts? back to top
We offer a group travel discount for people traveling together (not valid for private trips).

For more information please contact us at or use our feedback inquiry form.
. . How do I sign up for a Wushu Scholar trip? back to top
Signing up is easy! Please go to Reserve a Trip or email us at and reserve a space with a deposit on your Visa, MasterCard, or American Express card. All our travel trips are available on the Wushu Scholar travel page.
. . What kind of deposit is required and how often are payments due? back to top
All Wushu Scholar Trips are paid in 2 installments - an initial 33% deposit and a final settlement amount due thirty (30) days after the booking date, unless otherwise stated. Full payment terms are described in our travel terms & conditions available here.

All payments can be made by major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express). Prices are quoted in US dollars and all payments must be made in US dollars.

For further questions about deposits and payments please contact us at
. . What are my rooming options if I'm travelling alone? back to top
All accommodation is based on single occupancy. If you prefer double or family accommodation, you can indicate this on the booking form.

Further questions regarding accommodation can be sent to
. . Can Wushu Scholar help me with international air arrangements? back to top
Currently we don't offer air tickets to our travellers but this is something we are looking to set up in the future. We will update the web site with details when we can offer flight sales.
. . Should I buy travel insurance? back to top
It is compulsory that you have personal training insurance. When obtaining travel insurance you must ensure that the insurer is aware of the type of travel to be undertaken. Insurance must cover personal accident, medical expenses, air ambulance, loss of effects, repatriation costs and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury delay or inconvenience occurring to the client. It must also cover cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

For questions about travel insurance please contact us at or use our feedback inquiry form.
. . What kind of information will I receive to prepare for my trip? back to top
Immediately after we receive your deposit, we'll send you a detailed document with a clothing and equipment list, visa kit (if required), invoice, insurance information, medical certificate, and other information needed to prepare for your trip. Rendezvous instructions, and final trip details are sent about three weeks before departure.
. . Will I need a Visa? back to top
Visas may be required for your destination and are not included in the Land Cost of your trip. You must apply 45 to 90 days before departure because the process takes time.

For questions about visas, please contact us at or use our feedback inquiry form.
. . Can I change my mind and transfer to another trip? back to top
You may transfer to another trip once booked but please note that all changes are subject to cancellation fees as outlined in the Wushu Scholar Travel Terms & Conditions.

For questions about transfers, please contact us at or use our feedback inquiry form.
. . What are the penalties for cancelling my trip? back to top
All cancellations must be made in writing by email to

There is $150 per passenger cancellation fee in the event you cancel your trip, and may be more depending on the travel supplier for your trip.

Note that if the trip balance is not received thirty (30) days before the trip start date then the trip will be deemed to have been cancelled by the client and the deposit cannot be returned.

In addition, the following cancellation rules apply.

These tiers may be different for the travel supplier for your trip. Please ask your consultant if the cancellation policy of your travel supplier is more stringent than our own.

a) Trip cancellation 31-60 days before the trip start date - 50% of package cost is non-refundable.

b) Trip cancellation 0-30 days before the trip start date - 100% of package cost is non-refundable.

c) Trip cancellation after the trip start date - No refund of any payments.

For further questions about cancellations, please contact us at or use our feedback inquiry form.
. . Passport & Embassy Information back to top
Please consult your local Chinese embassy for details on passport & Visa details - your passport must be valid for at least six (6) months after your return date.

The following links may be of use. - The US State Department site with everything you need to know about passports and the overseas services this agency offers travelers. - A list of all embassies in Washington D.C.
. . Visa Services back to top
You should contact your local Chinese Embassy to apply for your trip Visa. Do take the time to ensure you have a Visa that will cover your entire trip length - we will provide you with supplementary school acceptance letters and additional Visa application forms when appropriate.

You can obtain an online visa from the following websites:

USA: - Zierer Visa Services has offices in San Francisco, New York, Houston, Miami, Washington DC, and Florida (call center).
. . Destination Information back to top
U.S. State Department information and other sites provide good "a to z" on countries everywhere. - The US State Department site with current travel warnings, public announcements, and consular information sheets. - Published by Interknowledge, this site contains concise profiles of major countries in Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, and Latin America. - The CIA Factbook is an encyclopedic summary of every country's key statistics and details (geography, politics, climate, economy, demographics, communications, etc.) Country Watch is an information provider for individuals who need up-to-date information and news on the countries of the world. - Find out what time it is, just about anywhere on the planet.
. . Travel Planning back to top
Getting to know the destination and prepare for your adventure is (almost) as fun as being there. - Longitude books has expert book and map recommendations, featuring hard-to-find maps, field guides, classic accounts of exploration, travel narratives, books on art and archaeology, novels, and essays. - Fine hardcover editions of the greatest books of exploration, survival, and discovery ever written. - With content sections labeled The Thorn Tree, World Guide, On the Road, and The Scoop, you know Lonely Planet's site is much more than just their terrifc guidebooks. - The Online World Atlas covers 7 continents, 12 regions, 190 countries, and 50 US States, including maps, flags, and statistics.
. . Money Matters back to top
Sites to help you convert currencies and locate automated teller machines (ATM's) worldwide. - Universal Currency Converter for just about every currency in the world, created by Xenon Laboratories, Inc. - exchange rates, currency forecasts, and easy to use currency converter from Olsen & Associates. - Locations of over Visa/Electron/Plus ATM's worldwide. - Locations of Mastercard/Maestro/Cirrus ATM's worldwide.
. . Health Information back to top
Information on vaccines and advice on how to stay healthy while traveling. - Travel health information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Includes reference material, recommendations by geographic region, and much more. - The High Altitude Medicine Guide provides current medical information on the prevention, recognition, and treatment of altitude illness, as well as other health issues affecting travellers to high mountainous regions of the world. - Also known as Travel Health Online, this site will help you have a safe, healthy adventure. Loads of useful information organized into three categories: Destination Information; Traveler Information; and Travel Medicine Providers (in the U.S. and around the world).
. . News & Weather back to top
The latest world and national news plus weather conditions worldwide. - CNN's portal with world news, travel, health, etc. - The Foreignwire has worldwide news, comments, and analysis written by professional journalists and commentators. - The Weather Channel's site has forcasts and maps galore. - Intellicast bills itself as the weather site for active travelers.
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