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Asia - Kyrgyzstan
03 August 2010

Older Kyrgyz woman with her granddaughter in Karakol

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There's more to the Karakol area than rock formations and balneotherapic resorts. This sleepy little town itself shows some fine examples of colonial architecture and is one of Kyrgyzstan's major tourist destinations, serving as a good starting point for the excellent hiking, trekking, skiing and mountaineering in the high central Tian shan to the south and east.

The centre features a beautiful wooden mosque that was built by Chinese artisans for the local Dungans between 1907 and 1920. It was built without using any metal nails. Besides that there is a stunning Russian cathedral, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, also entirely made of wood, from 1895 that used to serve as officer's club in Soviet times.

Karakol is also where Przhevalsky was buried. A memorial park and a small museum are dedicated to his and other Russian explorations in central Asia.

After our visit to Karakol, we moved back to Bishkek for the next chapter in our visa quest, but not after we had stopped at Bokonbayevo for a bit of eagle-hunting!!