"China" China by Bonobo2005
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16 September 2001. Kashgar. Another challenge in the life of a traveller. It had been my intention only to pass China on my way from Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan and just visit Kashgar on the way. But now, I, and a few dozen other travellers, we didn’t know what to do. Was the border open? Was the war threat in Afghanistan real? How would the Pakistani react?!
Then we heard the Pakistan/China border was open initially, but later, due to some 500.000 more or less panicking Pakistani & Afghani who tried to cross the border, China closed the border again. We waited, but heard that security for travellers in Pakistan was becoming poorer and all Western countries advised foreigners to leave Pakistan immediately. We waited. A couple of days later, most of us decided to drastically change plans.
It was hard to give up Pakistan, a dream was blown away. But the consolation prize was not too bad. I had a 3 months China visa, so why not exploring China!
China became the first country I travelled without any guidebook, just using recommendations from travellers I’ve met on the way, which was really no problem. I already met during the first week China more foreign travellers than during 10 weeks in Central Asia!
for more about crossing into/from Kyrgyzstan see my Kyrgyzstan page -under obp-tips
for more about Tibet see my Tibet page
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