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.

01 Statue of Manas 02 Statue of Manas 03 Ala-Too square and Manas statue 04 National historical museum and fountain 05 National historical museum and fountain
06 Flag of Kyrgyzstan 07 Ala-Too square 08 Ala-Too square
09 Ala-Too square 10 Fountain on Ala-Too square 11 National historical museum 12 Communist bill
13 Statue of Lenin 14 Statue of Lenin 15 Government of the republic of Kyrgyzstan 16 Girls on bicycles in Panfilov park 17 Panfilov park 18 Monument
19 Parliament 20 Parliament 21 Parliament 22 Unions house
23 Unions house 24 Technical college 25 Philharmonic hall 26 Philharmonic hall 27 Spire
28 Bishkek city hall 29 Statue of Manas 01 Soldier monument 02 Soldier monument 03 Lamp in Faiza restaurant 04 Faiza restaurant
05 Ata-Beyit memorial 06 Ata-Beyit memorial 07 Statue in Ata-Beyit memorial 08 Chinghiz Aitmatov Memorial 09 Tomb of Chinghiz Aitmatov
10 Tomb of Chinghiz Aitmatov 11 Tomb of Chinghiz Aitmatov 12 Ata-Beyit memorial 13 Ata-Beyit memorial
14 Tandem bicycles 15 Girls playing at fountain 16 Cinema 17 Small girl and fountain
18 University 19 Bishkek airport 01 Road to Ala-Archa 02 Road to Ala-Archa
03 Road to Ala-Archa national park 04 Ala-Archa entrance and parking 05 Hotel Ala-Archa 06 Trees 07 Ala-Archa valley
08 Upper Ala-Archa valley 09 Rocky stream 10 Mountain climber 11 Rocky stream 12 Mountain ridge
13 Mountain ridge 14 Ala-Archa valley 15 Gentianella flowers
01 Issyk Kul lake 02 Lake water 03 Coastal road 04 Tree lined road
05 Plains and Tianshan mountains 06 Tianshan mountains 07 Issyk Kul lake
08 Issyk Kul lake 09 Lake shore 10 Beach 11 Tianshan mountains
12 Coastal road with Tianshan mountains 13 Tianshan mountains 14 Southern beach
15 Manjyly-Ata valley 16 Manjyly-Ata valley 17 Southern beach 01 Mountain
02 Semenovskoye valley 03 Mountain pasture 04 Semenovskoye valley
05 Semenovskoye valley 06 Semenovskoye valley 07 Mountains 08 Mountain
09 Road 10 Mountain road 11 Women washing clothes 12 Stream and forest 13 Ak-Suu stream
14 Forest 15 Horse rental camp 16 Semenovskoye valley 17 Log cabin
18 Old Kyrgyz man 19 Car parked near yurt 20 Yurt 01 Yurts
02 Yurts 03 Broken heart rock 04 Red sandstone hill 05 Broken heart rock
06 Seven bulls rock formation near Jeti Oguz 07 Thistle 08 Jezi Oguz valley
09 Jezi Oguz valley 10 Red sandstone rock formation 11 Fir trees 12 Seven Bulls red sandstone
13 Seven Bulls rock formation 14 Seven Bulls rock formation 15 Jeti Ozuz stream 16 Stream
17 Stream 01 Fairytale canyon 02 Parking 03 Skazka canyon 04 Climbing tourists 05 Skazka sandstone
06 Fairytale canyon 07 Skazka canyon 08 Pond 09 Tourists near penis rocks
10 Fairytale sandstone area 11 Red sandstone rock formation 12 Fairytale canyon 13 Parking 01 Monument
02 Ruh Ordo cultural centre 03 Ruh Ordo cultural centre 04 Ruh Ordo cultural centre 05 Wedding couple
06 Ruh Ordo cultural centre 07 Platform on Issyk Kul lake 08 Ruh Ordo cultural centre 09 Beach
10 Asankaygy statue 11 Kyrgyz men 12 Petroglyphs park 13 Petroglyphs 14 Petroglyphs hunting scene
15 Path to beach 16 Beach 17 Beach 18 Beach
19 Rubber cylinder 20 Pier 21 Beach 22 Beach
23 Beach 01 Burana tower 02 Burana tower 03 Burana tower 04 Highway to Issyk Kul
05 Price board 06 Petrol station 07 Kyrgyz girl 08 Beach parachute 09 Dungan mosque in Karakol
10 Pear tree 11 Pear tree 12 Apple tree 13 Russian Orthodox Holy Trinity cathedral in Karakol 14 Russian Orthodox church in Karakol
15 Russian church in Karakol 16 Russian Orthodox Holy Trinity cathedral in Karakol 17 Shops in Karakol 18 Shops in Karakol 19 Telecommunications tower
20 Beehives 21 Golden gate 22 Kyrgyz monument
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