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Xinjiang Expedition

So… this is happening. (Twitter links follow, if you can’t see them try disabling some filters you might use)

I’m going to Xinjiang. With friends. When? Well I shan’t say. I may be already be there.

You can help the expedition by donating here. As you see donations can be anonymous.

Donors will have direct access to me during the expedition, through email and through a secret app which for some reason is not blocked in China.

Why am I going? Well because of this.

The food is awesome!

Seriously, though. There’s been allegations by the foreign press and related Western institutions that China has instituted a state-of-the-art police state in Xinjiang, and that over 1 million Uyghurs have been sent to concentration camps to be brainwashed into Loving the Communist Party. This picture has been thrown around as proof.

The Chinese government first denied the allegations, then came up with a propaganda campaign saying “yeah, there’s camps, but they’re totally awesome”.

What do I believe? I honestly don’t know. Uyghurs are dumb, aggressive and shameless Muslims; pretty much like all the others, so their allegations aren’t credible at face value. The Japanese internet went crazy after some Uyghur said that Chinese police were raping Uyghur women 24/7 in these GULAGs, thrusting their dirty pork-eating genitals into their pure Uyghur womanhoods while brandishing syringes, saying they would kill them with a chemical injection if they didn’t put up. Oh and Uyghur males are caned and tortured in medieval ways too. The Japanese are furious. “We must break all relations with China immediately!!”. Well, ok guys. Sure. Whatever.

Then again the Chinese aren’t exactly known for their honesty. And China’s government these days is running an extremely lame cult of personality over Xi Jinping which has made the always lame Chinese propaganda become just completely unbearable. Here’s a good video on the issue, by the way.

So what is a man to do? Well go on his own and take a look. Hopefully it’ll be ok. Worst case scenario, I get kicked out. If I’m not, I’ll have an interesting time exploring a fascinating place with a long history and perhaps a preview of future governance, a real high-tech police state. And besides, the food really is good.

So again, if you wanna help out with my bail fund expedition costs, you can do so through here ,

or you can come with me, or you can buy whatever I sell sometime next year about the trip. If you are so inclined you may also pray for me.

If you have any friends living in Xinjiang, or contacts of any kind, and don’t mind having some coffee with a bunch of white guys over there, please let me know, they could be very useful.

Wish me luck.

26 responses to “Xinjiang Expedition

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  3. Name October 24, 2018 at 08:11

    Oh, this land was once part pf the Aryandom.
    Long gone are the Tocharians, and madness reigns now.

  4. oogenhand October 24, 2018 at 08:45

    Solution to the chincel problem:

    “People have become outraged over a video posted on the Uyghur dissident Facebook group Talk to East Turkestan on Saturday (May 26), which the group claims to show a forced wedding between a Chinese man and a Uyghur Muslim woman as part of China’s program to assimilate and pacify the ethic Muslim minority population in Xinjiang as reported by Taiwan News too.

    In the video, a host of a wedding party appears to ask the Chinese groom how long he has known the bride, and he replies “two months.”

    Instead of being happy, the Uyghur Muslim woman has a sad look on her face, as if she is being coerced into the wedding.

    The person who uploaded the video indicated that it was an example of forced marriages between Han Chinese men and Uyghur Muslim women that the Chinese government is implementing to assimilate the ethnic minority group in Xinjiang Province.”

  5. JB October 24, 2018 at 09:15

    A friend went there summer last year. Be prepared for 1984 meets Occupied France meets 70s East Berlin level of shit. You’re going to need balls of brass and a poker face to counter all the gookery you’ll meet: checkpoints every 200 yards; non-stop third degree questioning from cunt cops (don’t back down from them); and ZFG levels of nonchalance.

    Hotels in smaller towns (i.e. anywhere that’s not Urumqi or Kashgar) will refuse to let you stay. Us this to your advantage by going to remote areas and being conveniently “stuck”.

    Protip: if the chinks tell you get to GTFO of town, make sure you agree wholeheartedly, then get a ticket for the very last bus ticket and continue your investigation safe in the knowledge you are complying with *their law*.

      • JB October 24, 2018 at 10:45

        Also install some hidden camera apps on your phone so the cops can’t see what you’ve been snapping. Discretion is a must for communication apps as well.

        Forgot to add that according to the govt, the police, and Joe Public/John Chinaman, there is *no* issue in Xinjiang. Use this against them and play the dumb tourist. They have all manner of typically chinee fuckery to maintain this illusion while making it impossible to get around – hotels won’t let you stay, bus tickets are sold out (except for the fuck out of there), cops will tell you it’s not safe, plainclothes thugs will intimidate you, you have to go home, etc etc.

        Good luck mate!

        • spandrell October 24, 2018 at 11:08

          Did your friend get his phone checked? I hear they do that all the time now. I’m thinking on buying a burner phone with sound recording enabled 24/7.

          • JB October 24, 2018 at 11:42

            Yes, but he had installed a discrete camera app which did not display pictures in the photos folder. He had taken loads of photos of roadblocks, checkpoints, troops and APCs in the streets, that sort of thing…

  6. Karl October 24, 2018 at 09:32

    I’ve also read about 1 million Muslims being sent to concentration camps. I find the Chinese position that this is totaly awesome absolutely credible.

  7. Daniel October 24, 2018 at 13:46

    Good luck on your trip.
    >The Japanese internet went crazy after some Uyghur said that Chinese police were raping Uyghur women 24/7 in these GULAGs,
    What about 2ch? Response any different there?

  8. Ayloka October 25, 2018 at 03:10

    “Uyghurs are dumb, aggressive and shameless Muslims”. I admit I never had any contact outside of restaurants with Uyghurs while in China, but what makes you say that? Uyghurs are basically 1/2 Mongolian 1/2 Kazakh, I believe. Lynn&Varhanen estimate Mongolian national IQ to be one of the highest in the world, at \geq 100. Kazakh they put in the upper 80s. Averaging that, you’d get Uyghur IQ in the lower 90s, I suppose. OTOH, Muslim Central Asia was impressively civilized in the past, and performs very well today in world chess. My own country has quite a few Uyghurs (perhaps not an unbiased sample) who’ve immigrated as skilled migrants/refugees and I’ve never heard of them causing trouble here, unlike other nation’s migrants.

    Finally, I find it difficult to cook badly of a people who cook such delicious food.

  9. Yee October 27, 2018 at 06:40

    Don’t be surprised if the Uyghurs call the police to check on strangers, especially in rural areas.

    Terrorists are man-shape walking ATM in Xinjiang. The government offer high reward for information on terrorists. They’re worth at least 30,000 Yuan a piece.

  10. Yee October 27, 2018 at 07:30

    With the war in Syria quieting down, and rumour that ISIS are being transported to Afghanistan, it’s probably not a good time to visit Xinjiang, as the authorities are no doubt on high alert.

    And with the economic war with the US going on, Chinese government will take every effort to ensure internal stability. That means tight security. You’ll just add on their workloads.

  11. WarO November 2, 2018 at 15:07

    I traveled through Xinjiang in 2006 as part of a longer Silk Road trip from Europe to Beijing. It was one of the most interesting parts of the four month trip. I’m sure it’s changed a lot since with China’s rapid modernization and the movement of ever more Han into the region.

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