a while ago
“People’s Daily” released good news in January
In addition, Uzbekistan has previously disclosed
Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
Also interested in the Asian version of the “Schengen Visa”
Traveling to the four countries of Central Asia with one visa in the future
Will it still be a dream ? !
In fact, it is a tourist desert
Geographically, Central Asia refers to the vast area extending from the Caspian Sea in the west, China in the east, Afghanistan in the south, and Russia in the north.
According to the official definition of the former Soviet Union, which occupied most of the region for a long time, Central Asia only refers to its four republics: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
After the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Central Asia has become the five independent republics of the former Soviet Union named after “Stan” in Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan . recognized worldwide).
Due to the lack of travel information, lack of government publicity, and visa difficulties, even if you have heard of Central Asia, few students can pronounce the name of Stan smoothly~ let alone driving to the waves, a series of complicated entry and exit procedures made it difficult Not to mention people’s headaches, I still can’t do it personally!
The CEO of “Self-Driving Geography” who prefers unpopular routes–boss, took a group of VIP members last year and “dedicated” the entire May to the four Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan➔Kyrgyzstan➔Uzbekistan➔Tajikistan , well-known Said: Visit distant relatives!
Before departure, Boss, like most of his classmates, only had superficial impressions of the four countries in Central Asia.
It was only when I arrived that I realized that I was so lucky~ I caught up with the most beautiful time period in Central Asia: from the end of April to the end of October (Although you can drive by yourself throughout the year in Central Asia, the road conditions will inevitably deteriorate in other months, the sunshine time will be shortened, and the road will be blocked by heavy snow. Unexpected situation), the beauty of the wild safflower valley in the Tianshan Mountains has never been imagined before.
4 cars with Chinese license plates: Defender, Lu Xun, Wrangler, and Discovery , all the way in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, they acted aggressively and captured many local fans! In particular, the guards and horse herders, which are rare in the local area, attracted the owners of the car, Lao Lao and Lao Liao, to be busy taking pictures every day like stars! !
This time in Central Asia, the boss has a new “title”: Huilongjue Jiaozhu , because the locals actually called the boss out of the convenience store to take a photo together, even the local guides can’t understand why~
When crossing the legendary Wakhan Corridor in the world (only one river away from the Afghan border) in Tajikistan, the 280-kilometer-long washboard road is not scary, because the unique greetings of various unknown armed forces along the way It’s even more “palpitating”…
After running through the Wakhan Corridor in the “Doomsday Run”, the old Guardian’s water tank was overturned, but it was also a blessing in disguise, enjoying the car repair skills of the former Soviet mechanics, um, better than the original product.
Here I would like to specifically say that the exchange rate between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan is that 1 yuan can be converted into about 56 Kazakhstan tenge or 10.4 Kyrgyzstan som. When you come to these places, you will instantly become a local tyrant! (Also available in U.S. dollars)
▼ One kilogram of 800 tenger big cherries is equivalent to about RMB 14. “Cabbage” has no friends
Gasoline in Kazakhstan is equivalent to RMB 3.1
▼ Note that the word “AT” is diesel
▼ PK match between barbecue and arm
▼ The largest museum in Almaty – the Central National Museum of Kazakhstan, a group of students who greeted us warmly
Wonderful tidbits of the trip to four countries in Central Asia
Although one month is only enough to take a quick look at the flowers, the boss still discovered a little secret in Central Asia: It turns out that Zhang Qian, Xuanzang, Fa Xian, Li Bai, Avanti, and “import brother” Dimash …all of us are familiar with it matters!
Largest landlocked country Kazakhstan
Remember the 2008 Beijing Olympics? The Olympic torch started its overseas transmission journey from Almaty , the old capital of Kazakhstan.
In Almaty, nicknamed “Apple City” , the architectural style can clearly see the combination of Islamic and Orthodox styles. Although it is not modern, the streets are neat and clean, and it is comfortable to look at.
▼ I ran into an off-road enthusiast in Almaty, and carried out a friendly “exchange” between China and Kazakhstan!
There are more than 130 local ethnic groups in Kazakhstan , and the beauties on the streets of Almaty may be Koreans that you can’t imagine.
“Golden Cradle” Kyrgyzstan
In the mouth of the Kyrgyz people, their motherland is the “golden cradle”, because the whole country is located between the Tianshan Mountains and the Alai Mountains . Road famous city.
▼ Bishkek Victory Square
From Bishkek to the holiday paradise of the Soviets – Lake Issyk -Kul , the scenery is extremely beautiful.
▼ Issyk-Kul scenery
▼ There are prairie stone figures and petroglyphs by the lake
According to Mr. Guo Moruo’s textual research, Li Bai , who “mixed the Central Plains and the Western Regions”, was born in Suiye City on the west side of Issyk-Kul Lake. Before he was 5 years old, his father taught him to read Sima Xiangru’s Fu in Suiye City.
▼ The barana tower of Suiyecheng ruins
“Country of Four Golds” Uzbekistan
The so-called “four golds” refer to gold, oil, natural gas, and cotton, which are abundant in Uzbekistan .
Camel caravans sent to the ancient Silk Road were welcomed here; the legend of Khwarazmo echoed in the Gobi; the story of Alibaba and the forty thieves was widely circulated; Statue; Zhang Qian made two missions to the Western Regions…
In Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and other important cities along the ancient Silk Road, you can still find ancient caravan inns. You may have been a member of the camel merchants in your previous life through the “Gate of Thousand Years of Time”.
▼ Tashkent has the “Central Asia’s No. 1” pilaf center, and it is also the only city in Central Asia that has built a subway
Samarkand, a city of the same age as Rome, Athens, and Babylon, most of the most dazzling and magnificent buildings are concentrated in Registan Square, where there are mosques, seminaries, mausoleums, and observatories. Brought to Samarkand, it left the world with splendor that is still visible today, such as the intangible gold that can be seen on the dome of the seminary.
▼ The landmark building in Bukhara is the 40-meter-high minaret; the bazaars in the old town are full of beautiful things, and it will take you back to the ancient Silk Road bazaar in a second
“Land of the Sun” Tajikistan
Pay attention to the national emblem of Tajikistan, which is painted with patterns of mountains and the sun. Its mountainous area accounts for about 93% of the country’s land area, and half of the area is above 3,000 meters above sea level. About 250 days of the year are bathed in sunshine, becoming a well-deserved ” “The Country of the Mountains” and “The Country of the Sun”.
Sunshine makes Tajik people fall in love with poetry, music and dance. Rudaki , the founder of Persian literature, is recognized as the originator of Tajik classical poetry. In the capital Dushanbe, there is also a bustling Rudaki Street.
▼ Dushanbe Rudaki Statue
There are also the M41 Pamir Highway and the Wakhan Corridor that self-driving passengers cannot resist the temptation .
▼ Pamir Plateau
A sports meeting in the Wakhan Corridor – camel racing; some areas of the Wakhan Corridor are sparsely populated, coupled with uncertain factors on the road, there are only small private gas stations, up to 20 liters at a time, and the price is 20-30% more expensive than the city, locals Still very kind, the quality of the oil is no problem.
These two days coincide with the “Central Asian version of Spring Festival”: Navruz, which marks the beginning of spring and the Persian New Year . For the people of Kazakhstan, this year’s Naurz Festival is extremely special. Their President Nazarbayev just announced the end of his nearly 30-year term the day before the festival.
▼ The bustle of Almaty’s urban area is just ordinary. The picture is provided by JACK, a small partner in front of us-Xinjiang Navigator
▼ The highlight is holding a sheep on horseback far away from the urban area , and a series of grassland celebrations are extremely high!
if you come too
May wish to look for the traces we left~
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