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Explore the distinct characters of three Silk Road tributaries

Old Burana tower located on the famous Silk Road
© Labusova Olga / Shutterstock

Three critical tributaries of the Silk Road crossed through what is modern day Kyrgyzstan: the Northern branch, the Southern branch, and the Ferghana branch. The high altitude climates and refreshing alpine lakes (over 2,000 of them!) provided travellers a much valued respite from the scorching desert climates elsewhere on the Silk Road.

The Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor, a UNESCO World Heritage site, runs directly across the country. This provides visitors with an opportunity to trace it, adopting the traditional transportation method of horseback riding or trekking (modern day travellers will also benefit from innovations in the automotive industry).

A hearty melting pot of Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Uighur, and Russian cultures, Kyrgyzstan is one of the world’s most diversely hospitable places. Even in nomadic communities, you’ll be hard pressed to find a welcome to the country anything less than warm. Such unique reverence and appreciation of visitors is inviting to tourists who wants to traverse the land, marveling at the spectacular environmental landscapes and the cultures and histories that surround them.

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