Yambu Grand Hotel
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... there’s much apologizing as we’ve beaten the customs and immigration officials to the office that day. Six finally show up marching military style to take us through the usual formalities, no liquids, computers out of bags, a pat-down, but can’t imagine what they do for the rest of the day as the airport is otherwise completely deserted. With only two weekly international flights, both to Islamabad, this must be one of Kashgar’s easier occupations….!
... down his arm - quite a wake up call! Next we walked around to the sheep and rams, who were also being off loaded from trucks before being tied up head to head in neat rows of at least 20. Moving on we saw donkeys, a huge lorry full of camels and some goats. After getting our bearings we escaped the dust and smells for a short break across the road before heading back only to find the entrance now jam packed; farmers were driving all sorts ...
... last bush camp for the trip. The spot Simon and Teresa picked for the last camp was a good one. A valley filled with Yaks and their herders waterfalls, wildflowers, and wild herbs everywhere. Every step I took brought up smells of freshly crushed mint or thyme. It was only fitting that we send off the camping with a big boozy night around the fire, and a large part of the group did exactly that, kicking on into the early hours of the morning. It was a bitter ...
... it was a sight to see. And seeing them was the important factor, because, as the majority were electric, you couldn’t hear them. That made for some interesting night time road crossings. You would look left and right, see nothing because most of their lights never worked, hear nothing and then nearly be mown down by a granny & her 3 children. It was surreal. I have taken a number of pictures, so enjoy the amazements as I did.
Kashgar is at the nexus of ...
... 7:00am, after a night in hell, we finally went to the restaurant carriage, and discovered heaven on earth: calm, some seats, some food, and then we enjoyed this place until we arrived in Kashgar, at 10:30.
Result of the epic train ride: not more than 1 hour of sleep, in very various places, but more than a hundred stories to remember
Arriving in Kashgar, the Chinese army was in front of the train station, in case of ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsYambu Grand Hotel Kashi
The general manager of the Yambu 'Grand' Hotel may be a fine man, or so we've been told, but he's a poor people manager.
On our first night there, we had no hot water for a shower and no internet connection. The hot water was fixed by noon the next day, when we were moved to another room anyway to find an internet connection. We had to move three more times, and then the staff gave up. So we took our laptop to John's Information Cafe, two streets away, where we enjoyed a perfect wifi connection, some drinks, and their excellent information on trips around Kashgar.
For our trip to Hotan, though, we chose the travel services of Abdul Wahab, whose brother Abdullah runs an office in the lobby of the Yambu Hotel (we were well pleased with this tour).
When we checked out after three nights at the Yambu Hotel, a very unfriendly receptionist claimed we had never complained about anything, even though one of her colleagues had spent hours with us looking for an internet connection and several housekeeping staff had worked on the hot water issue. We had also complained about the room key not working several times, and we had complained via Elong.net (who had called the hotel manager) about the internet connection. When we pointed this out, the receptionist changed tactics and decided to ignore the hot water and room key issues, while stating the internet problem was caused by our laptop. She did not take up our offer to go to John's to prove the laptop was fine, and shouted down her manager on the phone who was trying to soothe things. When we gave up trying to get a discount for our trouble, we were stopped from leaving by another staff member who thought we had taken a picture of the receptionist. He only let us go after 20 minutes when we signalled a police officer.
All in all, a nasty experience at a pretty crappy hotel.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.