Hotan/Hetian experiences?

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Hotan/Hetian experiences?

Postby StephParis » Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:52 pm

Hi

Does anyone know the current situation in Hotan ? Are foreigners allowed or not ?

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Re: Hotan/Hetian

Postby StephParis » Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:38 am

If anyone is interested : Hotan was ok for foreigners in August 2019
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Re: Hotan/Hetian

Postby steven » Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:31 pm

Thanks for the update! Could you be a bit more specific about your experiences?
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Re: Hotan/Hetian experiences?

Postby StephParis » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:49 am

I arrived by train from Kashgar. Usual process when I exited train station : police intercepted me. But no questions, nothing. They just took my passport and left me outside police station. After half an hour waiting, they finally let me go.

I stayed in XiJu hotel for 230 yuans with breakfast (all chinese). I checked before leaving Kashgar that this hotel would accept a foreigner. There is at least an other one in the city, I can't remember the name.

Hotan was less tough than expected, above all compared to Kuqa. Police is everywhere and passport is sometimes checked when entering restaurants (!), but I could walk freely and take photos I wanted. Even one of the mosque still in activity in the old city. That was friday and there was almost no one... The old city has been largely restored. Can't say it's ugly, but it has no soul.

I didn't try to reach the mausoleum east of the city, as I knew it's been partly destroyed.
I left by train to Kashgar : usual controls, nothing more.
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