Q: Is there a time difference between Beijing and Xinjiang?
A: Yes, there is. There is a two-hour time difference between Xinjiang and Beijing. Though Xinjiang uses the standard Beijing time, Xinjiang time is two hours behind of Beijing time, which is GMT+6. Almost all local minorities use Xinjiang time instead of Beijing time.
Q: What are the do's and don'ts when traveling in Xinjiang?
A: Xinjiang is a region where minority peoples are concentrated. All of these ethnic groups are devout followers of Islam. All travelers should respect their beliefs. People should not eat pork, meat of dog, donkey or mule in Muslim restaurants or even talk about it. This will cause great trouble. Others must to be observed are the following: You should not enter Mosques without being properly dressed; Women or ladies are not allowed to enter some mosques in the south of Xinjiang; and, travelers should not gaze at Uigur or their staff in markets without buying anything.
There are some other things you need to pay attention to and your guide will give you more information when you are in Xinjiang.
Q: What should I bring when I visit Xinjiang?
A: Xinjiang always has a sunny day. The temperatures during daytime and nighttime vary greatly. The average difference is 12 C (53.6 F). Based on its dry, sandy and changeable climate, we suggest you bring the following items:
1) When in summer time, it is hot; we suggest that you bring the following:
a) Enough clothes to keep you warm during nighttime. Most of the time, you only need to wear short pants and shirts with short-sleeves. We suggest that you wear jeans in mountainous places where the weather might become a bit cool. It is always advisable that you bring extra clothes and a jacket just in case the weather becomes chilly.
b) Hats, scarves, sunglasses, sun block and lip balm or some protective material are essential to protect you from sun and windburns (especially in desert areas).
c) Comfortable shoes are very important because you will be walking most of the time although there are some spots where camel rides are required. Sports shoes or low-heeled shoes are your best bet.
e) Enough water to avoid dehydration.
2) If you will visit Xinjiang in other seasons, bring:
a) Enough clothes to keep you warm. Sweaters, jeans and wind coats during spring and down jackets, hats and gloves are essentials during winter. Bring extra clothes you could put on just in case the weather becomes chilly especially during winter.
b) Things to protect you from strong ultraviolet radiation and strong sand storms when the weather becomes windy.
c) High-cut shoes with hard tread.
A backpack is a good choice to put all these necessities (other than clothes): rain gear, water, camera, electric torch, maps, medicines etc.