Kyrgyzstan: Latitude & Longitude
Kyrgyzstan: The Kyrgyzstan Republic is located in the very heart of Central Asia on the Great Silk Road and has been praised by many poets and philosophers of the East. The Republic of Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country in Central Asia, bordering Kazakhstan, China, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. It lies between latitudes 39° and 44° N, and longitudes 69° and 81° E. The mountainous region covers over 80% of the country and Kyrgyz is occasionally referred to as “the Switzerland of Central Asia”.
This area of the world is fast becoming a prime tourist destination as people are now interested in understanding more about the history of the people living here. The Kyrgyzstan Republic has the population of 5.7 million people representing more than 80 ethnic communities living in peace and international concord. In general, the Kyrgyz are warm, sensitive and friendly people. The features of the Kyrgyz culture are tolerance, hospitality, open-mindedness, and flexibility. It means that the people of the Kyrgyz Republic face other cultures and nations easily. Kyrgyzstan Republic is committed to its official foreign policy doctrine “East and West integration along the Great Silk Road” and favors the development and exchange of educational technologies as a major priority of its national policy in the XXI century.
The Kyrgyzstan Republic is a land of mountains, rivers, and forests. So trekking, mountaineering, white-water rafting, pony trekking, mountain biking and even heli-skiing are common activities in this country. Issyk Kul is, by far, the most popular tourist attraction, also known as “The Jewel” of Central Asia. Issyk-Kul means “hot lake” in Kyrgyz and confirms its name by not freezing in winter. It is 1609 meters above the sea level and has an area of 6206 sq.km. (179 km long and 60 km wide), making it the second largest saline lake in the world after Lake Titicaca in South America.