Day 644 and 645 and 646 – CHINA: Getting to the beginning

What a mission. Two days on a train, one night on a bus. I guess it could have been worse, but I have finally made it to the China/Kazakhstan border at Khorgos, Xinjiang Province, the northwest corner of China.

I left Shanghai at 8:40pm April the 24th on the Shanghai-Urumqi express train. I bought the ticket for a hard-sleeper berth four days in advance from the English-speaking counter at the Shanghai Central Station. It was about 650RMB for the ticket.

On the train from Shanghai to Urumqi, China

I arrived in Urumqi at 3:30pm on the 26th of April. Much sooner than I had expected.

In Urumqi I asked at the information counter at the Urumqi train station about trains or buses to Khorgos (the information people speak English). They directed me to a bus station further in town. Asking locals along the way, I managed to get to the bus station in one piece, and booked a seat on the overnight sleeper bus leaving Urumqi at 9pm that night.

I boarded the bus at 9pm, and 12 hours later, at 9am on the 27th of April, I arrived in Khorgos. Tired from traveling, but stoked to be outside and on my way…

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  • Aunty Les

    Still wondring why train to Urumqi then go onto to Kazakhstan. Does it make getting a visa easier or is it because of winter appraoching therefore better to go west to east than the other way round?