5:00 PM (Note: Time is still Beijing time.)
We are now flying from Beijing to L.A. The flight is supposed to take 11 hours and 25 minutes. Currently we have been flying for 2 hours and 32 minutes.
I have spent the past month on a fantastic and intriguing journey throughout China. I have walked hundreds of miles and undoubtedly flown, trained, and bused thousands more. I have seen hot, dry deserts and lush, cool mountain paradises. I have met Hans, Uygurs, and Tibetans. I have learned a bit of the language, and made a few friends. I have come to know a great fondness for this country and her people. While I am happy to be heading home, it is not without sorrow that I leave.
But I will be back.