The first stage of our journey was a ride to the fastest train in the world, the Maglev Train, that goes from downtown Shanghai out to the airport. The train uses magnetic levitation technology to travel 430 kilometers or 267 miles per hour. That is crazy fast! To learn more about maglev technology, you can go to http://www.smtdc.com/en/gycf3.asp. The interesting thing was that it didn’t really feel like it was going super fast, which might be because they installed special windows so that passengers would be able to view the scenery passing by so quickly.
We said goodbye to our favorite tour guide, Daisy, and trucked through security just to find out that our flight to Beijing was delayed. We were a little concerned because we knew that if we missed our flight from Beijing to Los Angeles we might be stuck in the airport for the whole night. Fortunately, we made it just in time and hopped on our plane for the long ride home. We sat next to a very friendly Japanese university professor who was on his way to L.A. for a linguistics conference. We had a great time talking to him gave him tips on things to do and see in Southern California during his free time. He saw the birthday card Jessica gave Val and wished her a happy birthday. We woke up in the “morning” and he wished her happy birthday again since we had crossed the international dateline into yesterday (bizarre) and the world’s longest birthday was still going :).
We made it home safely with our bags and were so thankful for all we had seen, learned, and experienced on our fabulous adventure to China!