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by BakuBound
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: China
Topic: questions and checks at xinjiang border
Replies: 7
Views: 123

Re: questions and checks at xinjiang border

Remember, they care far more about your photos when leaving Xinjiang. Safest is just to never pull your phone out on the street. Their cameras are everywhere and will surely pick you out.
by BakuBound
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Other transport
Topic: Cancelling flight booking for China visa application: best practices
Replies: 21
Views: 1121

Re: Cancelling flight booking for China visa application: best practices

The snag is that if you delve deep into the fine print, nearly every airline now charges a service fee of some sort to process the refund of a full-fare ticket. Airline profits these days come from fees.
by BakuBound
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Other transport
Topic: Caspian sea ferry updates & questions
Replies: 196
Views: 88345

Re: Caspian sea ferry updates & questions

How did you get to Kuryk and how long did you have wait? Those are the usual problems, not the crossing itself.
by BakuBound
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Other transport
Topic: Caspian sea ferry updates & questions
Replies: 196
Views: 88345

Re: Caspian sea ferry updates & questions

You travel on a cargo ship which has some cabins for passengers, and you leave and depart from a cargo terminal with limited facilities for passengers. A bit rough but with the right attitude, and lots of time and patience, you'll manage. Otherwise, flying is about the same cost, less even once you ...
by BakuBound
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: China
Topic: Electronics at the Chinese border?
Replies: 5
Views: 277

Re: Electronics at the border

I'll add that blocking your SIM card if you use a VPN seems to be a problem only in Xinjiang. I never turned on my VPN in Xinjiang for just this reason, though I use a VPN elsewhere in China without consequence (not to say it always works of course). As to Wechat, consider carefully whether you want...
by BakuBound
Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: China
Topic: Electronics at the Chinese border?
Replies: 5
Views: 277

Re: Electronics at the border

Remember, I also said "and keep it clean." That means do not take photos in Xinjiang. Assume everything is sensitive and that their cameras will pick up everything you do.
by BakuBound
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: China
Topic: Electronics at the Chinese border?
Replies: 5
Views: 277

Re: Electronics at the border

Enter China with a clean machine and keep it clean. Encrypt and load everything to cloud storage -- places like Backblaze are not expensive these days -- and don't reload it until you've left China. Consider doing a fresh install of your OS first.
by BakuBound
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Chengdu: Chinese visa extension reports
Replies: 8
Views: 1011

Re: Chengdu: Chinese visa extension reports

You must be registered at a hotel in the city where your are seeking the extension.
by BakuBound
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: China
Topic: Urumqi hotels that take foreigners
Replies: 21
Views: 3552

Re: Urumqi hotels that take foreigners

Was this the big expensive Jinjiang International Hotel on S Anju Road or the smaller much cheaper Jinjiang Inn on Hongqi Road?
by BakuBound
Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: China
Topic: Phones, laptops and internet restrictions in China
Replies: 5
Views: 1420

Re: Phones, laptops and internet restrictions in China

The New York Times is running an article today that analyzes the software that may be run on your phone when entering Xinjiang. Frightening.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/02/tech ... g-app.html

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