Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is hemmed in to the north by the Altay Mountains, to the west by the Pamirs and to the south by the Karakoram Mountains, Altun Mountains and Kunlun Mountains. The snow-capped Tianshan Mountains running through the region divide Xinjiang into northern and southern parts with very different climate and landscape. Southern Xinjiang, hot and arid includes the Tarim Basin and the Taklimakan Desert, largest in China while northern Xinjiang contains the Junggar Basin, where the Karamay Oilfields and the fertile Ili River valley are situated.
The ancient SILKROAD routes are passing through Xinjiang province towards to Middle East and Europe. Chase the tracks of Marco Polo and explores the routes of the camel's trail, discovering the mysterious and historical Silk Road stories or wanted to see the ruins and the classical architectures, Xinjiang province will be the best choice.
You are recommended to bring casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Daily variance in temperature can be quite substantial. Wear layers that can be discarded or added to as the weather changes. Bring with you a warm jacket as it is expected to be cold in the mornings and evenings.
Would each participant please limit to one check-in bag and one hand carry. It is imperative that all check-in luggage be lockable.
Participants are responsible to arrange China Visa if necessary. Passport or travel documents must be valid for at least 6 months.
Please take care of your own belongings. Keep your jewelry at home as you don’t need it for any of the events.
We recommended to have a travel insurance coverage for this trip in case of any loss of baggage, flight delay, personal accident or sickness or any incidents may occur during the trip.
Most of hotels in Xinjiang province have internet connection service, please contact the Business Centre or the Reception Desk. Cell phones network are covered at all the cities in Xinjiang. Or you can check with your system provider before traveling to Xinjiang.
If you are travelling from Hongkong and in need of full internet access please browse the website for router rental service to use in the country.
WHEN TO VISIT
Late spring to early autumn is best to travel yearly. The Khunjerab Pass is closed to traffic from November to April due to weather condition in winter.
Voltage is 220V-240V. Plugs are classified into 2-pin, 3-pin and others. Adaptors may sometimes be obtained from the hotel service desk. Flat 2-pin plug are probably the most useful to take with you.
The local currency in China is Renminbi (RMB), which can be exchanged at the bank or money changer at the airport or hotels in China.
For purchased and payment of incidental expense inside the hotels, Visa and Master Card are generally accepted. USD traveler cheques are acceptable for money exchange in most hotels. Local stalls or markets accept Renmimbi cash only.
It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit.
We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.
Chinese food is served for lunch and dinner. Breakfasts are Western or buffet style. You may wish to bring some snack with you for the journey, such as candies and biscuits.
Mutton will be the main serving in the province of Xinjiang. No PORK will be served but other choices like beef, chicken and vegetable are available.
Avoid eating cold dishes or snacking in the street or side markets. Drink only bottled water, canned drinks, or boiled water available in the hotel rooms.
The most common medical problems on tours to China are chest colds, sore throats and the rare light bout of diarrhea or constipation. Bring along your favorite remedy for these ailments as well as any prescription medicine you need since these will be difficult to find in China.
No photography is allowed for military installations, soldiers on duty and some of the sights, which you will be informed accordingly. Should you wish to take a picture of a person in the street or a child, do obtain his/her consent first. Remember to bring sufficient rolls of films, batteries.
VISA / PERMIT
China visa required for some the foreign passport holder. Please check with the embassy for the visa application. Passport must have the validity of 6 month when you are traveling. If you are going to KORAKORUM HIGHWAY – Pamire Plateau, special permit required. If you book the trip through FRONTIERES 56 Travel, we will handle the permit for you.
YOUR CHINA TOUR ARRANGEMENTS
All land arrangements within China are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, flight schedule, traffic condition etc…….
Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.
Terms & Conditions are based on our website : www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf
OVERALL PACKING LIST
Packing for a trip can be very personal affair. Note only for the necessities as well as those often desired items not readily available or replaceable in China:
- Your valid passport / travel document with China Visa / Itinerary
- Lockable luggage
- Casual and layer able clothes, comfortable thick rubber-soled shoes
- Warm jacket
- Hat and sunglasses
- Flat 2-pin electricity converter; China uses 220 Volts – 240 Volts
- Lip balm and skin cream, sun block, lotion for dry weather
- Pocket Kleenex
- Camera, films, batteries
- Torch ( for visiting to Mogao Caves)
- Alarm clock
- Electric shaver
Local drivers and guides are expecting some reward as a gesture of satisfaction. Suggested US$8.00 per person per day tipping to private car driver and the local guide(s), if their services are good.
FOR WEATHER INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:
HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELING ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
OUTBOUND TRAVEL ALERT ( FOR TRAVELERS FROM HONGKONG )
If you are traveling from Hongkong and would like to know more about the outbound
Travel alert please explore the website: http://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/
If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account,
you can use the ROTI which is free of charge. Or explore the website to register.