Has anyone recently cycled through the state of Xinjiang in North China? If so can you share your experience at all? Aware of a huge police presence and wondering how that will affect a couple of cycle tourers.
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We cycled from Kazakhstan to Mongolia across Xinjiang three years ago. We did not like the atmosphere but the country side is pretty. Accomodation that accepts foreigners is mostly the expensive hotels that were out of our budget range. We camped several times, I am not sure but I think that's illegal so you need to hide. Hope this helps. We took a mostly direct route to get to Mongolia, I am sure there are much better trips to do if seeing Xinjiang is your goal. Our journal is at: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/15529