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by rhinomaxil
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Itineraries & trip reports
Topic: Itinerary Uzbekistan 14 days - feedback appreciated
Replies: 3
Views: 1531

Itinerary Uzbekistan 14 days - feedback appreciated

Hi all, I have a few questions on my planned itinerary for Uzbekistan for end of October. To give you a bit of context, we are a couple on a longer trip over Central Asia and we will come from Tajikistan, but another couple will be visiting us in Uzbekistan. Therefore I think it would be interesting...
by rhinomaxil
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Kyrgyzstan
Topic: Arslanbob vs. Kara Alma vs. Kyzyl Ünkür
Replies: 5
Views: 1595

Re: Arslanbob vs. Kara Alma vs. Kyzyl Ünkür

Hi guys,

Did you figure out the best way to get to Kara Alma by public transport in the end? We’re thinking of going there in the next few days.

Thanks!
by rhinomaxil
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Security situation in Xinjiang - leave your thoughts
Replies: 59
Views: 18935

Re: Security situation in Xinjiang - leave your thoughts

I met a JP guy who did Pakistan-Kashgar-Kyrgyztan, not by bike though. Also let several cyclists doing China-Kyrgyzstan. You will need to take a taxi between Wuqia and the Kyrgyz border (they wait for you after the border post in Wuqia - they paid 1,000¥/pers + 1,000 for the bike)
by rhinomaxil
Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Security situation in Xinjiang - leave your thoughts
Replies: 59
Views: 18935

Re: Security situation in Xinjiang - leave your thoughts

Hi, I’ve just spent two weeks in Xinjiang beginning of September. Like the message above I didn’t find the security situation as bas as I read, except maybe for Kuqa indeed. I crossed the border from Mongolia to China (Bulgan border) and from China to Kyrgyzstan (Irkeshtam) and both crossings went p...
by rhinomaxil
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Karkara valley (Kegen – Tup/Kensu) border
Replies: 69
Views: 34950

Re: Karkara valley (Kegen – Tup/Kensu) border

Crossed the border today from Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan. It is open on weekends (today being Sunday) and opening hours are 8:00 to 18:00. Very easy.
by rhinomaxil
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Irkeshtam pass report – Kashgar, Xinjiang to Sary Tash, Kyrgyzstan
Replies: 42
Views: 18734

Re: Irkeshtam pass report – Kashgar, Xinjiang to Sary Tash, Kyrgyzstan

Hi, I crossed the border on September 9th, going from Kashgar to Osh. It took the whole day but everything went rather smoothly - my phone and my camera weren’t checked. - took a taxi to the bus station in front of the train station in Kashgar in the morning - got there around 8:45, bought a bus tic...
by rhinomaxil
Sat Sep 07, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Karakoram Highway (Chinese side): Kashgar to Tashkurgan
Replies: 1
Views: 627

Karakoram Highway (Chinese side): Kashgar to Tashkurgan

Hi, This is the story of how you can travel the Karakoram Highway from Kashgar to Tashkurgan and back, without a permit and on public bus thanks to your Tajik visa. As of September 2019, a permit is needed to travel the Karakoram Highway from Kashgar to Tashkurgan. It seems as it cannot be obtained ...
by rhinomaxil
Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: China
Topic: Best way to see Hotan, Kashgar, Kuqa...
Replies: 9
Views: 1772

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

I used trains in Xinjiang and it was absolutely fine. Depending on your destination you might want to book in advance but I was able to buy my ticket at the train station on the day of departure from Kuqa to Kashgar for instance
by rhinomaxil
Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:30 am
Forum: China
Topic: VPNs in Xinjiang
Replies: 9
Views: 2110

Re: VPNs in Xinjiang

I’ll answer my own question: you can use a VPN with your Chinese SIM card
by rhinomaxil
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: China
Topic: VPNs in Xinjiang
Replies: 9
Views: 2110

Re: VPNs in Xinjiang

Thanks for the reply! I am now in Xinjiang with ExpressVPN and it is working as well. They didn’t check my phone when I crossed the border coming from Mongolia. Can you use your VPN with your Chinese SIM card? I have read somewhere that it may result in your SIM being blocked so I have only use mine...