>> True Information: Mr. Hubbard took two trips to Asia.
The first was in May 1927 as he covers in his journal, shown in The L. Ron Hubbard Series, Early Years of Adventure, Letters and Journals. His journal entries are confirmed with ship manifests of the Gold Star. During this voyage, a young L. Ron Hubbard visited ports in Guam, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Kobe (Japan) and Manila (Philippines). He returned to the United States in July 1927 aboard the USS Nitro as shown in the same L. Ron Hubbard Series volume.
Mr. Hubbard returned to Asia in June 1928 aboard the USS Henderson, as covered in his diary entry of the same L. Ron Hubbard Series volume.
Later, during that same time period, on November 11, 1928, Mr. Hubbard completed a tour of Beijing, as detailed on page 68 of the same volume. On that same page, there is a photograph which shows him with his mother and father aboard the “marble boat” on the lake in front of the Summer Palace outside of Beijing (then commonly referred to as Peking). The photo is inscribed on the back as September 1928, when his parents came for a brief visit to see their son while he was in Beijing.
While there, on November 3, 1928, Mr. Hubbard took a one-day tour, organized by the YMCA, to visit the Great Wall. At this time, he was in Peking for at least a month as evidenced by the date of his photograph and inscription on the back.
L. Ron Hubbard remained abroad and did not return to the United States until mid July 1929 to attend George Washington University, having been in Asia on his own for a full year.
All of the above is covered with pictures and documentation in The L. Ron Hubbard Series, Early Years of Adventure, Letters and Journals, which Wright was directed to review last year, as the publication has been available since March 2012.