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Tashkent. Part 2: Korean Tashkent

Русская версия Few people realize that Central Asia is truly a melting pot of many different nationalities: Tatars, Russians, Belarusians, Ukrainians, Germans, etc. For instance, may fled to Tashkent from starvation, others came to built communism, and some were simply deported here. It is not occasional then that the city even has German and Japanese graveyards. Being accompanied by a couchsurfer from South Korea, we also learned something about Koreans in Tashkent.

Tashkent. Part 1: Uzbek Tashkent

Русская версия   Taskent is Nastya’s motherland, left by her family after the Soviet Union collapse when Nastya was 8. This happened in the middle of general panic, when it seemed to everyone that Uzbeks would harm the Russian-speaking population. It is certainly hard to judge now, but after our visit we have a feeling that it was indeed just a panic – at least, after 19 years Tashkent was extremely friendly to us.

Bukhara. Part 2: Off the limits of the old city

Русская версия   Having spent a lot of time in Bukhara old town and around, the next day we went further: to shop in the East bazaar, eat manty, visit the summer palace of Bukhara emir, Water museum, the Monument to grieving mother, and to remember childhood in the Soviet amusement park.

Bukhara. Part 1: how to get, where to stay and to eat; walking in the old city

Русская версия   Bukhara is over 2500 years old, and within these years it was the large center on the Silkroad and a capital of the great Samanid Empire. Samanids in particlular erected their caravanserais, madrasas, palaces, mausoleums, and mosques, still attracting the travellers from all over the world. Along with Khiva, Samarkand, and Tashkent, Bukhara is the most popular tourist destination in Uzbekistan. In 1920 the Red Army headed by Frunze occupied and largely destroyed Bukhara, making its emir flee to Afganistan. In spite of it, their is a great number of sights available for a tourist today, and one may only guess and wonder how many more of them were destroyed.

Registration in Uzbekistan

Русская версия   Uzbekistan is a country very pleasant for a traveller in different ways: food, people, architecture, nature, cheap and developed (if compared to the rest of Central Asia) transport. There is only one trouble there, killing all the fun. The Soviet legacy – registration – is a problem for both tourists and locals. Everyone coming to Uzbekistan must register in some accomodation within three days and have this registration for every day of the stay. Locals travelling from one region to another also must register. Registration is the concentration of bereaucracy; because of it, grandchildren cannot visit their grandparents in summer, and the tourists are sometimes deported from the country because they do not have a registration for just one of the days. Here we suggest several ways which will hopefully help you not only to avoid deportation, but also achieve valuable cultural experience in coping with bereaucracy.

Ancient Khiva – Oasis in Khorezm

Русская версия   In Uzbekistan, not far from Urgench, there s a town of Khiva more that 2,5 thousand years old. It is considered that the town grew around the draw-well Kheivak with its amazingly tasty water. Once Khiva was an important point on a trade route connecting the East and the West: the travelers stayed in this oasis in the middle of the desert with great pleasure. Khiva was also one of the towns of the ancient state of Khorezm; later it was conquered by Mongols and Tatars as well as Tamerlan, but truly blossomed in the XVII century when it became the capital of Khanate of Khiva.