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by BakuBound
Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: China
Topic: Hotan/Hetian experiences?
Replies: 10
Views: 3161

Re: Hotan/Hetian experiences?

Offhand I can't find any Xi Ju hotel in Hetian.

There is though the large Xi Hu ("West Lake") hotel. Is this it:

https://m.ctrip.com/webapp/hotel/hoteld ... 08848.html
by BakuBound
Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Trains
Topic: Almaty - Urumqi by train: reports, Q&A
Replies: 16
Views: 9954

Re: Almaty - Urumqi by train: reports, Q&A

Just a reminder to those reading this fine report that the intensive searches by customs are peculiar to land borders in the West, and sometimes with Laos. Elsewhere you can expect to bring in your LP without problem.
by BakuBound
Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Itineraries & trip reports
Topic: From India to Belgium without planes
Replies: 4
Views: 1119

Re: From India to Belgium without planes

Remember, the Karakoram Pass closes over Winter, exact dates depending on weather conditions.

The Pakistani visa can in any event be difficult to obtain outside your home country (and even then . . .).
by BakuBound
Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Itineraries & trip reports
Topic: Am I getting ripped off on the Silk Road?
Replies: 11
Views: 2932

Re: Am I getting ripped off on the Silk Road?

There may well be some rules around which mean that different companies and drivers are handling the different countries, so it's not a surprise that a three-country trip adds up. As said, staying in one country will almost certainly be cheaper.
by BakuBound
Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: China
Topic: PSB Registration?
Replies: 3
Views: 1678

Re: PSB Registration?

You must register yourself ONLY if you are not staying in a place licensed to provide accommodation. For example, you must register yourself when staying at an Airbnb or in someone's home. Given the strict control of just about everything in Xinjiang, I feel awfully sure that hostel is properly lice...
by BakuBound
Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: China
Topic: Best way to see Hotan, Kashgar, Kuqa...
Replies: 9
Views: 2336

Re: Best way to see Hotan, Kashgar, Kuqa...

Assuming you travel hard sleeper, trains are quite civilized once you are on board. No problem, really. The problem is, stations -- especially with the extra security checks in Xinjiang -- can be crowded and uncomfortable. But usually not too confusing, apart from the usual language problems. Buying...
by BakuBound
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Indian visa in Dushanbe?
Replies: 3
Views: 280

Re: Indian visa in Dushanbe?

Bear in mind you'll almost certainly be required to wait a week while the Dushanbe embassy contacts the Indian embassy in your home country for "clearance." This seems to be the case whenever and wherever you apply for an Indian visa outside your home country.
by BakuBound
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: China
Topic: questions and checks at xinjiang border
Replies: 9
Views: 2197

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: 30
Views: 6517

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: 213
Views: 114276

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.