Solea that original post is 3 years old so I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for a reply from Jakey.
In any case I expect his comments were based on his experiences in far Western China - quite different from Han China.
As to Kazakhstan, unfortunately my experiences last year did not mirror Jakey - I even had someone try to steal my bike in Pavlodar.
I did find tremendous hospitality in both Russia and China though - I still can't believe the generosity of the people I met.
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