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About Bishkek

The capital of Kyrgyzstan is Bishkek, which is also political, cultural and economic centre of the country. Bishkek is located in the center of the Chu valley and occupies the territory of 160 sq km, its population is about 1 million people.

Being the centre of international tourism in Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek has a lot of attractions for visitors. The centre of Bishkek with numerous gardens, squares, museums, galleries, shops, parks, restaurants and cafes is especially popular among travelers. Strict street planning is the citys main peculiarity: streets cross only at right angles and they are lined with shrubs and trees of 150 varieties. Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, is considered to be the greenest city in the world.

One of the popular places of Bishkek travel is Oak Park, where frisky squirrels scurry on the ground and the dense crowns of trees give coolness. Along the parks alleys there are many sculptures made of wood, stone and iron, and the whole park produces an impression of an open air sculptural museum.

On their travel in Bishkek travelers visit the main gallery of Erkindik Boulevard, which adjoins Oak Park, contains the works of local craftsmen and painters. Behind the gallery there is the main square of Kyrgyzstan - Ala-Too Square, which is decorated by fountains. Here is situated the Government House, which is made of white marble. There is a stage for mass dances and concerts on Ala-Too Square. Demonstrations, festivals and military parades are held here every year.
A great number of handicrafts and souvenirs made in such organizations as NGO Zengi-Baba, Shaarbek, Kyal, Shaarbek and Altyn-Beshik are sold at the citys art shops. Fairs and exhibitions of handicrafts and souvenirs are regularly organized on the squires of the city and tourists during their Bishkek travel have an excellent possibility to get acquainted with Kyrgyz culture.

Bishkek is well-known for Manas Aiyly, the sculptural Kyrgyzstan complex with the figure of the legendary hero in the centre of the composition, and tourist complex "Kyrgyz Aiyly". Kyrgyz Aiyly is an ethnic village, where national yurts can be found, reflecting the history and culture of Kyrgyz people. At Kyrgyz Aiyly travelers learn about the national traditions and applied arts of the local people, have a rest in yurts and try fresh kumis and the dishes of Kyrgyz cuisine.

One of the most impressive sights of Bishkek travel is the Eastern bazaar, where a variety of goods and fruits from all over the world is offered. Bishkek is the place where the supreme elected bodies of Kyrgyzstan, mosques and Orthodox cathedrals, foreign embassies and representations are situated. Many big international companies have their representative offices in the city.

In Bishkek there are a lot of historical monuments from the pre-Revolutionary and Soviet periods and modern architectural examples as well. Today Bishkek is a modern city with lovely buildings and wide streets. As any capital, Bishkek has theaters, museums, a university, a number of colleges, parks, and a comfortable residential area. During your travel over Bishkek you will see a great number of interesting places and learn about the culture and history of Kyrgyz people.

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