Kyrgyzstan is a republic in Asia with more than 5 million inhabitants. In the North it has a long border with Kazakhstan. China is located in the south east. In the south west the country borders on Tajikistan and in the west lies Uzbekistan. The Kyrgyz landscape consists of high mountain ridges, interspersed with vast valleys and lakes. As a result, Kyrgyzstan is also called the Switzerland of central Asia. The Tian Shan Mountains are the largest and the largest lake is Issyk Kul. There is a continental climate, with hot summers and cold winters. The Kyrgyz were originally a nomadic people. Nowadays, they only travel through the plains in the summer to allow the yurt to graze. In the winter, most residents live in houses. With a population of 870,000, Bishkek is the capital. The city houses many sights such as the Kyrgyz white house, the Ala-Artsja nature park, statues of Lenin, Froenze and Manas, the victory monument, the many museums and the theater. Other cities are Batken airport, Dzalal-Abad, Narin, Karakol, Talas and Osh, a city on the Silk Road. Other places of interest in the country are the nature reserve around Lake Issyk Kul, the Ala Archa gorge and the valley of Fergana.

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