I have seen hell and it is plane shaped. It is also the shape of any route from Beijing to Lima and then Lima to Bangkok (or Hanoi, essentially: somewhere in South East Asia). 30+ hours of travelling and £lots for the privilege - routing options include via Toronto (*waves hello to my Canadian friends*), London (which I just don't want to do) and various cities in the US (changing in the US is never, ever, fun).
Tomorrow I shall be stopping in to see my local friendly travel agent to see what magic she can work. Not a lot, I suspect.
Travel - it's so glamorous.