Last week, 22nd February 2017, we cycled the Khorgos border! No bus, no taxi, only us and our bicycles.
We sleep in Khorgos, Xinjiang, China, and around 11am we decide to cycle and see what happens. The road leading to the border is fenced, under construction, closed. We cycle around trying to find an opening but we only enter the workers area. We try going right... No luck...
Finally, we decide to go to the Customs building, some kind of huge long building on the right of the border, and ask the army soldiers for help. Luckily one of them speaks English (rare in Xinjiang) and sends one soldier with us. We walk pushing our bicycles and enter one fence, pass one gate, try not to fall on the ice... And there we are, the border!
Very few people, Kazakhs and Chinese, definitely no other white face around, everyone travels by bus. We enter a very small building, they scan everyone's luggage (like airport) and queue for stamps out.
Chinese police officers and soldiers let us go by bicycle, nobody says anything nor makes any strange face. We cycle the U-road (left-straight-right) into Kazakhstan and there we are!
Kazakh soldiers are very friendly, "Welcome to Kazakhstan!!!". They freak out we are cycling in winter and wish us all the best!
We get stamps and a small piece of paper that we have to keep with our passports, and continue. The bus arrives after us and they scan everyone's luggage again, but not ours (we are all too lazy to dismount the bags from the bicycles).
And that's it! We read we wouldn't be able to cycle the border... But we cycled all the way!
Hope this is useful!!!
Roger & Sílvia