Summer 2018

八号:A Fort-full Day in Jiayuguan

Jiayuguan glided into view with the abrupt bark of a particularly terse train attendant, and we scurried into the early morning. A taxi driver tried it on with us but at his prices I’d honestly rather have walked; after collecting train tickets we caught a bus in search of breakfast. (more…)

By TJC, ago
Summer 2018

五号:Up the Fukang Mountain Again (Ürümqi)

(Alternative title: Fukang the Polis) Much of the rest of Ürümqi was just as I remembered, including the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), although weirdly they’re more relaxed now than before (they don’t confiscate water any more). I rather enjoyed the gentle familiarity of it as we drove into the city proper. (more…)

By TJC, ago
5 Things

5 Things to Prepare You for Xinjiang

  1. SWAT teams are your friends No, really. If your papers are in order and you’re not doing anything wrong, they’re there to protect you as much as anyone else. Coming from the UK, I find it unnerving and intimidating when faced with armed police - but I also understand that I am lucky enough to be in a position where I will not be targeted beyond the occasional micro-aggression with which any foreigner in China will be familiar. Once you get past that, the police presence is actually weirdly reassuring. Who on Earth would mug you in front of a policeman?!
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By TJC, ago