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Nov 4th 2012 5:55PM I reckon it's aimed purely at Chinese tourists. China barely wants foreigners (myself included) to visit Xizang (Tibet) and Xinjiang, let alone a former a-bomb site in Xinjiang. Heck, they seem to be getting in on the Disney-spin of things, charging about (based on my visit in 12/2011) US$8 to visit a standard-issue city park in Wuxi (another place much of the rest of the world doesn't know about). If they will openly welcome waiguoren too, I expect some irritable activist will do something at the site to close it off to us anyway.
On the other hand, China offers TWOV (transit without visa) at airports in such places as Shanghai and Beijing. I don't see the US or the EU doing this anytime soon (or for the US, at least in the fifty states).
For the sake of irony, a small introduction to food markets of Ürümqi, Xinjiang's capital, can be perused here: http://buildingmybento.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/urumqi-markets-china/.
Nov 4th 2012 5:35PM As a foreigner, using internet cafes in Japan has mixed results. Some, I guess those in more foreigner-aware neighborhoods (in Tokyo, Roppongi and Shibuya, for example) have proven successful for me. Others say I need to have my passport (not necessarily an issue) and permanent Japanese address to add in, among other bits of information. Fortunately, I have a couple of internet cafe membership cards (Manboo is one) which were obtained before the rejections started happening, but one hint is, if you've got WiFi-capable device, hike up the steps to where the net cafe is and test it out. It worked for me in Kameido, by the train station.