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The White Leopard


This beautiful, endangered cat has long made its home in Central Asia, amidst the snow covered regions of “the Heavenly Mountains”. Often a threat to livestock owners, stories over the centuries have nevertheless warned hunters away from killing this majestic cat. Now, people of...

12.12.2019 1078

World Nomad Games | The Sports


Competition and sportsmanship are an integral piece of the nomadic tradition and Central Asian culture. Most of the sporting events at the World Nomad Games have their roots in practical skills required by people living on and with the land. Traditionally, hunters and shepherds would develop their s...

13.12.2019 196

W.O.W. | Aksakal


If you hike into Barskoon valley, chances are you’ll be headed for the Aksakal waterfall, also known as “the elder’s beard”. Spectacular in the summertime, it’s the winter that really gives these falls their name. On deeply cold, clear days, climbers...

25.12.2019 237

Winter Holidays in Kyrgyzstan


жаны жылыңар менен! с новым годом!The most widely celebrated holiday in Kyrgyzstan has just passed, but surrounding the New Year celebrations the holiday season is thriving in its full glory. As in much of the world, the winter holidays are anticipated with increasing excitement throughout the year,...

04.01.2020 223

Jibek Jolu | The Silk Road


Running along the northern edge of Bishkek is Jibek Jolu, a main through-way that allows a fairly simple bypass of the city, through bypassing the city is unheard of behavior. All roads lead to and from Bishkek, right? A quick look at the history books will set us aright. Present-day Jibek Jolu is r...

13.01.2020 223

National Symbols of Kyrgyzstan


The National Flower of Kyrgyzstan: TulipIn brilliant reds, orange, purples, and yellows, the national flower of Kyrgyzstan is the finicky but faithful, bulbiferous tulip. In the wilds of Kyrgyzstan, there are 27 types of native tulips to be found, some quite rare, and spectacular. Mostly found in th...

03.02.2020 589

Of Gods and Goddesses


At the intersection of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and China, there rises a stunning, pyramid-shaped peak called Khan-Tengri. The name of this peak comes from the Turkic god of sky and creation: Tengri. The pantheon of Turkic gods of which Tengri ruled was worshiped by people throughout the Central ...

20.02.2020 397

Kyz Kuumai | Girl Chasing


Horse games are a staple element of Kyrgyz culture and tradition. For centuries, young men show off their prowess, strength, and horsemanship through races, wrestling matches, hunting demonstrations, and polo-like games. But women have their place among these horse games as well, and in recognition ...

06.03.2020 486

Tenacious and Beautiful | Women in Charge


In celebration of Women on the 8th of March, this seems an appropriate time to dive into the stories of three notable women, woven into the hearts and ethos of modern day Kyrgyzstan.In the history of Kyrgyzstan, women as authority figures are not common, but there are a few that truly stand out for ...

09.03.2020 230

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