Police in Kashgar

Public Security Bureau

At the time of writing, the Kashgar PSB was issuing one-month visa extensions in one day. Simply come here at least a day before your visa expires with a hotel receipt and ¥180 and leave your passport overnight for …
Tours in Turpan


We can highly recommend the driving services and local knowledge of English-speaking Tahir. A full day tour costs ¥480 per car. Contact Tahir by email first to ensure he is available and to discuss what you want to …
Embassy in Ürümqi

Kyrgyzstan Consulate

Travellers of most nationalities no longer require a visa for travel to Kyrgyzstan, but if you do, then look for this small consulate; the entrance is through a small blue door to the side of the Aipai Hotel. Visas …
Travel Agency in Hotan

Southern Silk Road Tour

Local English-speaking guide Kurbanjan runs private tours along the southern Silk Road. Contact him by phone or email (he currently has no office) to get a quote for whatever you want to do, be it a one-day city tou…
Bank in Kashgar

Bank of China

Changes travellers cheques and cash and has a 24-hour ATM. You can also sell yuan back into US dollars at the foreign-exchange desk if you have exchange receipts; this is a good idea if you are headed to Pakistan, a…
Police in Ürümqi

Public Security Bureau

You should be able to renew a visa here but processing times can be as long as three weeks, so it's really a last resort. It's far better to come to Xīnjiāng with plenty of time left on your visa for your travels.
Bank in Kuqa

Bank of China

One of several Banks of China along Wenhua Lu. Has an ATM. Travellers cheques are not accepted.
Ticket Office in Ürümqi

China International Travel Service

This office runs tours around the province and can supply a driver and English-speaking guide.
Police in Turpan

Public Security Bureau

North of the city centre; will likely refer you to the capital for visa extensions.
Bank in Hotan

Bank of China

Cashes travellers cheques, and has a 24-hour ATM in the southwest of town.