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by BakuBound
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Other transport
Topic: Caspian sea ferry updates & questions
Replies: 213
Views: 114276

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: 8
Views: 2818

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: 8
Views: 2818

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: 8
Views: 2818

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: 11
Views: 1995

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: 22
Views: 8565

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: 3342

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
by BakuBound
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Report: Tehran, Chinese VIsa
Replies: 88
Views: 39001

Re: Report: Tehran, Chinese VIsa

The general rule is that the more orthodox more run-of-the-mill your application, the less the risk of problems. So I think a ticket and proposed itinerary say Tehran - Beijing - Tokyo would be less likely to be problematical. But applying in a place like Tehran always involves fair risk, no matter ...
by BakuBound
Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Others
Topic: Applying for 3 year tourist visa to Russia (as an American) while outside of the US
Replies: 2
Views: 1246

Re: Applying for 3 year tourist visa to Russia (as an American) while outside of the US

While I haven't actually done it, I did email a Russian consulate in Asia about this a couple of years ago, and they said it's possible but that there's a processing time of around 15 days (I forget the exact period). I think there's a similar long processing period for the three-year visa even when...
by BakuBound
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:42 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Khorgos border crossing Q&A (Almaty - Urumqi)
Replies: 64
Views: 23326

Re: Khorgos border crossing Q&A (Almaty - Urumqi)

In all train stations throughout China these days you must have your ticket and passport scanned at the station entrance. But in Xinjiang your passport may be scanned up to three times on your way in. Then once you're on the train, security personnel in Xinjiang will probably come by and ask for you...