One of the most common questions that anybody has when considering a trip to China’s Xinjiang region is that of safety. Is it safe to travel to Xinjiang?
It’s a great question! Considering all the news you might read about the region, it’s no wonder that you might think traveling out here is risky. Rest assured, however, that your journey to Xinjiang is no more dangerous than any other part of China. In general, your biggest concern will be pickpockets.
If you’re still worried, you can check with your country’s State Department to determine whether or not it is safe to travel to Xinjiang. If they have any concern whatsoever, your embassy will usually have already issued a travel warning.
Tips to Stay Safe
All of the adventure tours that we host here at Altus Expeditions are carefully planned and executed to maintain the highest level of safety. This includes not just your safety while in the major cities but also looking after your health and physical safety while adventuring off the beaten path.
We do ask that while you’re in the city though, that you take common sense precautions when it comes to safety. For instance:
- Try not to go out late at night by yourself
- Don’t take pictures of the Chinese police or military
- Keep your money and passport in a secure, zipped location on your body
- Keep a copy of your passport and visa just in case yours gets lost/stolen
- Respect the majority Muslim culture by wearing appropriate clothing and avoiding offensive topics
That’s really it. It’s not rocket science…just common sense.