Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China- Cindy Shih, Interplast volunteer coordinator/ translator.
At Ak’su, we were greeted by folks from the China Population Welfare Foundation at the national, provincial, and local levels of the organization. The airport was no more than a building with kiosks, and the baggage claim consisted of a warehouse and a truck. When we got off the plane, the officers pointed us left of the building, and we all gathered around a truck to wrestle our luggage and boxes into a van. Moving all 34 pieces of luggage onto three flights was no small feat, so we were all extremely excited that everything (barring Deb’s luggage- sorry Deb) made it to Ak’su in one piece.