Finally on solid ground!
The first day was definitely a travel day – 2 ½ hours in the air from Philly to Chicago; 14 hours in the air from Chicago to Beijing (we were slowed down by air traffic control over the north pole) and another 2 hours in the air from Beijing to Xi’an (plus 1 hour waiting on the tarmac for flight clearance). It was approximately 8,000 miles from Chicago to Beijing and 579 miles from Beijing to Xi’an. Given these numbers, what was the average speed of the planes in flight (to and within China)?
Check out the photo below – our Pennsylvania group – tired, and queasy from the descent into Beijing, but happy to be beginning our adventure in China!