Chinese activist heading to America

Chen Guangcheng sitting in a wheelchair as he is accompanied by US Ambassador to China Gary Locke at a hospital in Beijing on May 5. Credit: US Embassy

Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng has left hospital in Beijing and he is now on his way to the United States, according to Chinese rights groups, ChinaAid.

He left hospital in a convoy of unmarked cars and one van with blocked out windows.

Chen Guangcheng told Bob Fu, the president of ChinaAid, that he and his family "were informed to pack up and get ready to leave China".