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China - Kazaghkstan Border Crossing by train
Reference the previous queries regarding this topic, has anybody recently had any success on this route i.e. Urumqi - Almaty, has it improved at all? Lonely Planet currently says to expect 8 hours, with difficult officials and no plumbing facilities. To save all that, is it easier to fly from Urumqi to Almaty?
All views welcome.
RE: China - Kazaghkstan Border Crossing by train
Please check out my home page: you will see a ticket scan from one of my friends. He had no issue.
You will also get some idea, how much such ticket should cost (NOT MUCH AT ALL!!!) and keep yourself alert if you see more expensive price.
As far as corrupt border guards: yup, it may happen - everywhere in former socialist countries. The most corrupt ones are known to be not in Kazakhstan but in Europe, so don't worry but be alert. They don't like to target westerners, esp. yelling westerners who ask for the boss.
8 hours could be true: the train needs the wheelsets being changed. You can use plumbing facilities at the station, you don't need to be on train while the wheels are changed.
It's by a magnitude more expensive to fly and there is certainly no nice scenery. You also can meet corrupt odfficials at the airport if you have bad luck. Normally if you know, you are right ask for the boss.
Make sure all your entry stamps and registration is OK in Kazakhsan and there is no slightest issue they can make a deal of, if you enter the country make sure you have the entry samp. If you stay longer than one day, register the pasport a the police, not sure the latest regulations - check them out.
RE: RE: China - Kazaghkstan Border Crossing by train
Many thanks for a very helpful reply.
Travel Tips for Almaty
Tips for getting a Turkmenistan Visa (or not).
I'm just back from trying to get a Turkmenistan visa here in Almaty. Here's what I learned (for Americans):
1) Letter of invitation req'd: $110
2) 3 weeks to process. $60 for 10 day visa, $140 for 21 day visa. both tourist visa.
You can pay more to have things sped up. I didn't bother to ask how much.
I was hoping to get a 5 day transit visa. I was having someone else help with the Russian, and I just didn't have luck. I got this info from small agency in the floor above the Turkmenistan consulate. I went down to the Consulate with the women in the travel office to confirm prices, etc.
Leon Trotsky was sent into...
Leon Trotsky was sent into exile at Alma Ata with his wife and a son, Lyova, in winter 1928. Read his magnificient autobio 'My Life' for a first-person account of history. Regards from a friend named Roger.
Wedding or ice-skating:))
i think it would be big fun ice skating on Medeo-world famous skating rink located 1700 m above sea level, but of course it's not working when it's warm, but you can still breath fresh air and enjoy beautiful landscapes, also at summer time you can see many just married couples coming there to take pictures; horse riding is also possible and of course skiing in Chimbulak ski resort, sometimes even Vladimir Putin is skiing there.
Musical Instruments Museum: Don't Miss This!
This museum was a very pleasant surprise. It's located in a rustic building in Panikov park near the city center. Inside is an incredible collection of musical instruments from Kazakhstan and virtually every other country in central Asia. Unfortunately there is no information in English, but the exhibits are fascinating nonetheless. The most interesting feature of my visit, however, was a concert played for me by one of the guides. An accomplished musician, she played and sang for almost a half hour on a variety of instruments for a modest fee of about $10. Unfortunately she had only a few words of English or German and narrated her concert in Russian, but it was a wonderful and uplifting experience all the same.
The only drawback was that I purchased a CD that I thought would be the instruments she played but turned out to be a rather old recording of a folk orchestra., but this is more the fault of my lack of Russian than deliberate deception. In any case, I'd recommend skipping the CD, but the mini-concert was really a highlight of my visit .
To Alma-Ata by train
Going by train: Now the most likely option. Though the journey from Moscow is long and rather tiring (and uncomfortable, if you do not book a deluxe compartment), you will get closer to several things you are not likely to see otherwise. First is the Baikonur space launch system and the second - the shores of the Aral Sea, or what's left of it.