Originally Posted by Debstah
Problem is that he doesn't really have a week to decide. According to people in China he is scheduled to arrive on the 9th. That's Wednesday. That's a long trip from the US, that means he has to leave what, Monday night or Tuesday morning or something? Not sure exactly how long but it's many many many hours on a plane - which doesn't help a back
When we traveled to China in March 2004, the flight from the west coast was about fourteen hours. You also have to factor in the time zone effect with China being ten to twelve hours ahead of the US time zones.
On the long flight, however, he won't have to sit the entire time. It seemed to me that, on our flight, many of the people were milling about in the aisles for most of the flight.
The other thing to remember is that Andy most likely flies first class. I have been told that on the trans-Pacific flights, the first class seats make into beds. I cannot state that with any authority because we flew economy class.
I hope Andy makes the attempt to play Shanghai and defers any final decision until the last possible minute.