The atmosphere in Urumqi from business owners we are in contact with there has been described as “suffocating” with many now choosing to write off investments as an adventure and leave this troubled region.
The journey from Urumqi to Gilgit takes about four days by bus, crossing the border with Pakistan at Taxkorgan. A 120 kilometer bus journey through the demilitarized zone sees travelers arrive at Hunza. The journey to Gilgit takes another 12 hours.
We understand this route out of Xinjiang is being taken by increasing numbers of the expatriate community in Xinjiang. Commercial flight services from Urumqi and Kashgar have largely been suspended and the regular train service from Urumqi to Kashgar and onwards to Almaty in Kazakhstan has also been curtailed. Complete