Kyrgyzstan is a former Soviet republic which gained independence following the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. It's a relatively small landlocked country, bordering China to the east, Kazakhstan to the north and Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to the west. The terrain is mostly mountainous with some peaks more than 7000m high and a small portion of plains in the north around the capital Bishkek. Of the 5.6 million inhabitants 73% are Kyrgyz, 14% Uzbek and 6% Russian. The country is relatively underdeveloped with not very good roads and infrastructure, but the scenery is beautiful. The Issyk Kul lake is unique because it is huge (170km long, 60km wide), located at an altitude of 1600m and does not freeze in winter. In the summers lake is a major beach holiday centre. Only half an hour by car from the lake shores there are valleys starting at 2000m altitude with an alpine environment.

Bishkek photo gallery  - 48 pictures of Bishkek
Ala-Archa national park photo gallery  - 15 pictures of Ala-Archa national park
Issyk-Kul lake photo gallery  - 17 pictures of Issyk-Kul lake
48 photos of Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan with its Soviet era architecture
15 photos of Ala Archa, a national park with mountains and glaciers located south of Bishkek
17 photos of the Issyk Kul lake in Kyrgyzstan, the world's second largest alpine lake
Semenovskoye valley photo gallery  - 20 pictures of Semenovskoye valley
Jeti Oguz photo gallery  - 17 pictures of Jeti Oguz
Fairytale canyon photo gallery  - 13 pictures of Fairytale canyon
20 photos of the Semenovskoye valley, located north of the Issyk Kul lake in Kyrgyzstan
17 photos of the picturesque Jeti Oguz valley with the Seven Bulls rock formation
13 photos of the Fairytale os Skazka area near the Issyk Kul lake with its bizarre rock formations
Cholpon Ata photo gallery  - 23 pictures of Cholpon Ata
Miscellaneous photos photo gallery  - 22 pictures of Miscellaneous photos
23 photos of Cholpon-Ata, the major resort town on the northern shore of Issyk Kul lake
22 miscellanous photos of Kyrgyzstan
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