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  • Dining Etiquette& Tips
  • Serious Advantages of Winter Travel
  • Winter Travel Perspective
  • Women's Equality: Certain Progress & Definite Limits
  • From a recent traveler to the rural farmer's home visit & stay:
  • Guidelines for Guides & Tipping
  • Chinese New Year's Day Taboos
  • December 2015 From Lea Xu & Louie Yi
  • A Trip of a Lifetime
  • Meant to Be
  • I AM ME
  • June Galoph’s Dilemma in China
  • Joining the Game
  • Fun Facts About Pandas
  • Sichuan & Hunan - Some "Spicy" Provinces
  • Hunan Adoptive Families Reunion - Winter 2015
  • Submission Guidelines
  • General terms
  • How each Chinese province got its name
  • Lantern Festival-Start the Year Right!!!
  • How each Chinese province got its name
  • The Internet with "Chinese Characteristics"
  • Jasmine Sings
  • Winter Solstice / Winter Festival / Dongzhi
  • December 2014
  • "Lucky Money" Envelope Giveaway
  • Vancouver B.C. hosts "Journeys Weekend"
  • China's "Singles Day" Sets Worldwide Record
  • China's Ancient Art of Shadow Puppetry
  • Ancient Art:"Soul of the Rice Fields"
  • Let's Finish Funding Wade's School Semester!
  • Marriage and Divorce in China: A Changing Landscape
  • Feminine Ideal Shifts in China's Cultural Evolution
  • Marriage and Divorce in China: A Changing Landscape
  • Terra Cotta Warriors Horses and Museum
  • Bridge
  • Days of Chinese New Year Festival
  • Symbolic Foods for Chinese New Year
  • "Lucky Money" Envelope Giveaway
  • Educational Pressure in China: A Parent's Perspective
  • Hebei Province
  • The Great Wall
  • Sections of the Great Wall
  • 18th Anniversary Reflections:A Journey of Growth
  • Fujian Province
  • One Family's Volunteer Experience
  • Louie Yi -- Wuzhou Orphanage Visit
  • The Eight Major Cuisines of China
  • Anhui Province
  • Bicycles in Beijing
  • Jiangsu:"Land of Fish and Rice...."
  • Yunnan Province
  • Differences in a Decade
  • A Family Chinese New Year Holiday in Hainan Island
  • Chinese Chopsticks
  • Jiangxi Province
  • Ask the Expert
  • Henan Province
  • Louie's Tibetan Travels:The Beauty of the Less Traveled Road
  • Louie's Photos & Visit to Jiuzhaigou
  • It was one year ago today that we left on our fabulous 16 day China trip. We have so many wonderful memories from that 2 weeks. We still talk about all the things we saw, the people we met, the kind, funny guides in each city, and all the food we ate! I wanted to extend another thank you to you and Lotus travel for making it truly a dream trip that we will always remember.
    2011--Vietnam--here we come!!
    Fondly, Lisa Bara

    Guilin Photo Gallery

    Trip Savings Plan

    Louie Yi, President of Lotus Travel, has recently announced that we now offer the Trip Savings Plan (TSP). This plan has been created because we see the need for support to put together finances for a heritage trip. We have informally worked a few families in the past, who have sent us continuous (and sometimes very small) deposits until the cost of their heritage travel is funded. This is similar to a “layaway plan”; but we call ours a Trip Savings Plan.

    What is it?
    A dedicated savings account to help your dream heritage trip become reality.

    What is the fee?

    What’s the value?
    The convenience of a having dedicated savings account, solely focused on your upcoming heritage trip helps your family realize your dream trip sooner, rather than later.

    How can I start one?
    Send us an email. Send your email to (louie@lotustours.net) and let him know you are starting a TSP. Then mail us a check, or make a payment online. It’s begun!

    We ask that you start with a minimum of $500 to open a Trip Savings Plan. The rest of what you put in, when you put it in – well -- that is up to you! You can put in small or large increments; we will hold your funds until you tell us you are ready to apply the money towards a specific trip.

    A number of families have expressed interest in future travel; we recognize the challenge of funding a trip worth thousands of dollars with other family obligations. Extended family members can purchase Lotus Travel gift certificates and apply those to your Trip Savings Plan as well. Click Gift Certificate to see more information about this option.

    We want to assist you in making your family’s dream heritage trip come true!

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