We're an Australian and an American and we both speak Chinese. Last week we had a lot of trouble finding a hostel or budget hotel that would accept foreigners. Many that we'd been recommended said they were no longer able to accept non-mainland guests -- same with AirBnBs. We finally found one for about 250 yuan/night after calling dozens and booked it, confirming over the phone that they could accept foreign citizens.
Then Monday I called to ask whether it was still possible for foreigners to stay overnight in a yurt at Heavenly Lake, the hotel employee said he'd check and replied later that according to the travel bureau, foreigners aren't allowed to go to Heavenly Lake at all at the moment. We'll still try (might only be certain roads?) but just fyi.
Today (hours before we would have checked in, on a fully paid booking through Expedia) the hotel called back and said they have to cancel our booking because the public security bureau just announced that foreigners are only allowed to stay at 5-star hotels. He suspected it was due to a political meeting this week. He was very nice and apologetic about it but says there's nothing they could do. Luckily we've found accommodation through an acquaintance but just a warning.
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I had troubles last night with Urumqi, I ended up booking Xinjiang Yema International clubhouse for $60 AUS (300 yuan) through wotif.com at 11:30 at night. Not exactly budget, but it’s 15 mins from the train station and very comfortable single room, with buffet breakfast (luxury I never thought I’d be having while traveling). A good back up in case.
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