ORT Tour Information Center

The ORT information center is designed to help you plan and prepare for a trip to Xinjiang, China.  We've included information about booking with our company, visas and paperwork, weather and climate, what to pack for your trip, cultural do's and don'ts and much more.

Time Differences:

You will want to be aware that all of China uses “Beijing Time”. However, in Xinjiang, minorities use “Local / Xinjiang / Urumqi Time”. There is a 2-hour difference. If you go based on BJ time, you would eat lunch at 2pm; based on local time you would eat lunch at 12:00pm. Be sure you know which time your guide uses.

Also, train tickets and plane tickets use BJ time; so if you are using local time for your tour, be careful not to miss your train/plane! Some bus tickets use local time and some BJ time, be sure to check your ticket carefully.

If arranging a meeting with a new local friend, make sure your clarify the time. Also be aware that this is not a time-oriented culture, your friend may not be on time to meet you. Your guides and drivers though, should be on time.  

Altitude Sickness:

If traveling along the Karakorum Highway or trekking in the mountains, you should be aware of altitude sickness. Though it will not affect most people just traveling along the highway, you should be aware of its symptoms and what to do if someone in your group begins displaying symptoms of altitude sickness.

* ORT can have a special oxygen kit on-hand at your request for a small fee.

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