We're currently planning our Central Asia trip, going overland from Turkey to China. (so, roughly: Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaidjan, Iran, Uzbekistan, Kyrgysztan, Tadjikistan, Kazakhstan, China)
Does it make sense to have an ISIC card for any of these countries? We have normal student cards, but they're only in German...
In Europe, the ISIC card was never necessary, but I can't really tell about Central Asia. We would appreciate any insights!
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So after silk roading for a bit, our experience with student cards:
- Turkey: Teleferik in Bursa would have gotten much cheaper by ISIC card and only ISIC card. Discount approximately same as the cost of the ISIC card though. Other than that, no student discounts.
- Georgia & Armenia: Student discounts repeatedly given for various entrances. Local student cards were accepted (in German). These are worth it! Often below the local price and a mere fraction of the tourist price.
- Iran: Student discounts are not a thing.
- Turkmenistan/Uzbekistan/Kyrgyzstan/Kazakhstan: No student discounts.
- China: Student discounts are super important!!! Entrance tickets are ~30% of our daily budget. Students get 50% off of a lot of things. Unfortunately, the further west (Xinjiang, Gansu, Shaanxi) you are, the more difficult it is to get the student discounts. We were repeatedly told those are only for Chinese students (Dunhuang Mogao Caves, Xi'an Terracotta Army). The further east you get (Jiayuguan, Beijing, Shanghai), you get student discounts everywhere. ISICs were accepted everywhere. We had to explain once that we are undergraduate students, because officially discounts are not for graduate students. An ISIC card does not say whether you are an undergraduate or a graduate student.
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