Camping in Xinjiang

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Please post your reports and questions on camping in Xinjiang below. We gather all Xinjiang travel info in the Xinjiang travel guide.
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Camping in Xinjiang

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Hi everybody,

I'm planning to visit Xinjiang with my car, coming from Central Asia: I need to have a guide and an agency (expensive but OK, for 2 cars).
The problem is that the agency told me we can't make free camping , under the stars, except in Taklamakan: elsewhere we need to go to hotels, or camp in the hotels' parking...that's not very funny...
What is your opinion about these restrictions?
You can email me at [email protected].
Thanks in advance for your replies and your experience!

RR.
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Re: Bivouac in Xinjiang

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Probably correct.

In Xinjiang they pretty much require everyone to be registered when they stay anywhere—locals have to scan their ID cards when they stay at a hotel (and roadside ID-scanning checkpoints and licence-plate cameras monitor all transportation), while foreigners have to stay at place licensed to accept foreigners. It's not fun for the Uighurs, either.
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Re: Bivouac in Xinjiang

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Thanks for your message,
Any other experience about camping/no camping in Xinjiang?
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Re: Bivouac in Xinjiang

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You can camp at Karakul Lake, it's between Tashkargan and Kashgar. You can either stay in a yurt or set up your own tent. We met three overlanders that stayed there, while their guide slept in a village nearby.
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Thanks SPR11 for this info!

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In August 2018 you could camp at Sayram Lake. 70 RMB.
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actually, you could camp everywhere in Xinjiang Province. Just avoid military space and police station.
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lesisz wrote:actually, you could camp everywhere in Xinjiang Province. Just avoid military space and police station.
I would disregard this advice. It goes against everything every other traveler says.
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