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Kyzylkum desert
Published: 28 may 2013

Kyzylkum (from Turkic means «red sand») – is a sandy desert between the rivers Amudarya and Syrdarya in Central Asia. Its area is 300 thousand sq. km. On the north-west the desert is limited by hollow of Aral Sea, on the north-east by Syrdarya and on the south-west is limited by Amudarya. The desert has row of hollows and separated mountains. Mountains of Kyzylkum are unique, there were found rich deposits of gold. The most territory of kyzylkum is sand massifs. Maximum height of sand mountains is 75 metre.  Climate in the desert is continental. It is hot in summer, middle temperature of June is 28 degree, in winter is from 0 to -9 degree. Precipitation is mainly in winter and spring. The most suitable time for travelling is from April to June and September-October. Here at this time you can see local animals: gazelles, black lizards, foxes, jerboas, hares, gophers...

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Baysun
Published: 23 may 2013

 Baysun is the city in Surkhandarya. It received status of the city in 1975. This amazingly beautiful city is rich with endless green valleys and snow-covered slopes of the mountains. Baysun - fantastic city that contains a historical memory of the great long forgotten civilizations: the Great Amir Temur's empire, the Kushan, Greco-Bactrian.   Many years ago there were trading caravans on this earth. Folk traditions and customs of Baysun region differ from the other regions of Uzbekistan. Therefore, residents of the city sacred honor preserved customs and culture of the ancient city. This applies to the rituals and songs, dances and the historical style of dress. Baysun is famous for its magnificent embroidery. Population of Baysun comes from Turkic and Tajik roots; especially it is reflected in the decoration of clothing. For the nomadic tribes is typical ornament with a pictu...

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Uzbek carpet weaving
Rubric: Handicrafts
Published: 20 may 2013

One of the oldest types of folk art in Central Asia is the production of silk and woolen carpets. Domestic carpet weaving is developed in Fergana valley, Nurota, Kashkadarya, Surhandarya and Syrdarya regions. In Uzbekistan the carpet is a symbol of wealth and comfort. Carpet is the necessary gift in Uzbek wedding. The Uzbek carpets are long-pile, pileless and short-pile. In the centre of carpet weaving the sketches of ancient national patterns and Central Asian symbolism are carefully preserved. Khiva factory received a great popularity for carpet production. In modern conditions the factory expands the opportunities. Portrait carpets are made here, the tradition of which was known in the East in the early middle ages.   Depending on the region, carpets are distinguished by color and ornaments. For example, Samarkand carpets have black, red and blue tones. Bukhara carpets are decora...

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Religious monument Karatepa
Published: 02 may 2013

Karatepa– religious centre, from Uzbek means “black hill”, situated in the north-west corner of the ancient city Termez, its square is 7 hectares. The centre consists of temples and monasteries, which were built at the beginning of the II century BC. The main feature of these complexes is the combination of cave structures and land structures from clay and dry grass, and also of bricks. Buddhist center Karatepa consisted of ground-cave (western and southern peaks Karatepa) and ground (northern peak) structures. According to the archeological researches, there was the second floor (there was found stairs). Limestone and carved ganj were used in architectural decoration. Interior of Karatepa was decorated with ornamental painting on plaster and sculptures of clay. The greatest prosperity the cult centre Karatepa received in II-III centuries, but in the IV-V centuries most...

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