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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