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Mirzo Ulugbek Park
Published: 29 august 2013

  Mirzo Ulugbek Park, former park Thelman is one of the oldest and fascinating parks in Tashkent. It is great place for funny rest with children and friends. Her you can also relax under the shade of green trees, beautiful plants surrounded by greenery. It is especially nice to do after a hard day's work.   There are many different attractions both for children and young people. It is mostly of course children’s rides, as most of the audiences are children.   For the first time the solemn opening of the park was held on June 24, 1934. During the war, there were organized free meals for evacuated children. After the war, there were musical evenings. It was like city “music room”.   Today, there is an artificial lake in the park, where you can ride on boats and catamarans, a huge Ferris wheel from which you can take all round view of Tashkent, as well ...

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Japanese garden
Published: 26 august 2013

  Japanese garden is a small park in Tashkent, located in the territory of "Uzexpocentre". It was built jointly by the initiative of the Embassy of Japan in Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan.   August 25, 2001 was the opening day of the Japanese garden. It is an unusually beautiful place is frequently visited by brides and grooms so that to make a beautiful wedding photos. Being in a Japanese garden, you plunge into depth and originality of Japanese culture, as well as learn their philosophy, a way of thinking.   There is a sacred Japanese tree sakura (Japanese cherry) on the bank of the old lake filled with Japanese lotus. From here visitors make trips by small boat. There is also a tea house where you can get a feeling of unusual tradition of the Japanese tea ceremony.   There are two pavilions – Azumaya in...

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Tashkent Disneyland
Published: 20 august 2013

  Tashkent Disneyland is Amusement Park, located near the Water Park. Here, in the centre of the city, you will have a unique opportunity to ride on dizzy “roller coaster”, as well as there is “Ferris Wheel”; here you can admire the beautiful view of our city.   You will also sail on a boat among the thickets of tropical plants on the ride “Jungle”, meeting on the way different wild animals under the accompanying sound that creates the illusion of your stay in the tropical jungle.   There are also many other swings: “boat”, “wave”, “frog”. If you prefer extreme sport, you should try the “hammer”, which gives a dose of adrenaline.   The youngest visitors of the park can enjoy a fun time on the classic children’s carousel. It will not leave anyone indifferent.   Tashkent Disne...

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Uzbek head-dress
Published: 14 august 2013

  The Uzbek head-dress has always been one of the most popular and widespread types of applied art of Uzbekistan. It is a hard or soft cap on the lining. The Uzbek head-dress became an integral part of the Uzbek national costume, came into the life and traditions of Uzbek people. It (from the Turkic "Tube" - top) is not only the national head-dress among the Uzbeks, but also among other Central Asian nations. They are classified by types: men, women, children, for old people. Old women do not wear it. Child's head-dresses (kulohcha, kalpakcha, duppi, kulupush) are colorful fabrics, fluffiness of tassels and beads, embroidery, spangles and lots of charms. The most common forms of Uzbek head-dreasses are- square, slightly conical. They are made of two or more layers of fabric quilted and fixed with a silk or cotton thread. It is usually embroidered with a silk thread, gold or silver c...

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Aquapark
Published: 14 august 2013

  The beach season in Tashkent begins with the opening of Tashkent Water Park, where adults and children can spend unforgettable summer holiday. The Tashkent aquapark was built in 1997, located near the TV tower, next to the hotel “Intercontinental”.   Here are fascinating and colorful water slides for children, “kamikadze” for adults, “Jakuzzi” with the effect of massage and swimming pool, simulating sea wave. The water in the pools of Water Park is so clear that meets drinking water standards. The waterslides are built according to age.   Having enjoyed the pleasure and extreme, you will feel an irresistible hunger. There are several cafes on the territory of the Water Park: "Favorite", "Aqua", "Jacuzzi", "Expo", "Green Island" where you can enjoy a variety of meals and snacks of international cuisine.  Address: Tashkent city, Ami...

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Carpet factory in Samarkand
Rubric: Handicrafts
Published: 14 august 2013

Where else but in the East, one can observe an abundance of bright colors and tints. And oriental carpets are still famous for this.Uzbekistan has always been famous for producing carpets. Uzbek carpets are rich in embossing and drawing. While being in Samarkand, you of cause will see carpets of unusual colors, weaved by skilled girls, who produce this beauty by their hands.In Samarkand you should visit the carpet factory “Khudjum”, where for many years the famous silk “miracle” has been producing by hand. Only natural silk threads are used for this, and carpets are weaved on vertical or horizontal weaving looms.Unfortunately, the technology of producing these unique articles by the middle of the XIX century had been almost lost. And only by the end of 90s of last century by laborious task, step by step the forgotten trade was restored in Margilan, Khiva and Samar...

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Tashkent zoological garden
Published: 06 august 2013

  Tashkent Zoo is a cultural and educational institution, organized in 1924. In 1940 the exposition of the zoo included more than 200 different species of animals and birds.   In 1994 the Uzbek government decided to build a new modern zoological garden. In 1997 it opened its doors for both residents and visitors of the capital. The territory of New Tashkent Zoo is 22 hectares.   Today, the exposition of zoological garden has more than three thousand of animals and 415 different species of birds. Here you can see 58 species of mammals, 74 species of birds, 26 species of reptiles, 191 species of fish.   There is also the "Aquarium" with sharks, morays and other inhabitants of underwater world. Workers of the zoo engaged in improvement of the territory, grow rare plants.   Taking a walk along the zoo, you can enjoy not only funny animals but also camel and hors...

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Botanical garden
Published: 02 august 2013

 Tashkent Botanical garden was founded in 1943; its square is 68 hectares. Today, there is a collection of plants of Eastern and Central Asia, North America, Europe, Far East and Crimea. Here you can see 4500 kinds of trees, plants, bushes and lianas.   Lotus Pond is the first thing you'll see, starting your journey. Here, in this cool and secluded location, you will be able to hide from the scorching heat, go for a walk around the pond. Perhaps you will see the blue bird living in the lake.   The garden is unusually beautiful in autumn. At this season you can admire the beauty of different colors and breathe the fresh and clean air.   Come here by all means in spring when there is a smell of violets in the air. You will be amazed by the beauty of blooming magnolia, silk acacia and roses of white, red, pink and cream colors.   Tashkent Botanical Garden is nationa...

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Folk show in madrasah Nadir Divan-Begi
Published: 18 july 2013

  Nadir Devan-Begi is one of the oldest and most beautiful medieval madrasahs of Bukhara. Here tourists and visitors can enjoy the performance of the folk ensemble and national performance, accompanied with live music. Here, in the madrasah Nadir Devan-Begi, you will have a unique opportunity to join the culture of the Uzbek people, to feel an oriental spirit, including traditional dances music, cuisine etc.   Folk show begins with silent national music, which gradually turns into a great show. The repertoire of the program is very interesting. You will see the dances of various regions of Uzbekistan: Uzbek national dance, Fergana classical dance, Khorezm folk dance, as well as Tajik and Arab dancing. Between dances, beautiful girls demonstrate fashion show of exquisite collections that combine modern fashion and national traditions.   Enjoying the performance of fol...

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Ichan-Kala gate
Published: 12 july 2013

   Ichan-Kala city (inner castle) is located in the historical centre of the ancient city Khiva. The territory of Ichan-Kala is 30 hectares. The height of the fortress’ walls is 10 metre. Darwaza (gate) were in each of the four parts of Ichan-Kala: the western gate - Ata-Darwaza are located at Kun-Ark Fortress, the north gate - Bagcha Darwaza, oriental - Palvan Darwaza and south - Tash-Darwaza.   Ata-Darwaza is the main gate of Ichan-Kala, located in the western part of the city. The gate was built in 1842 and destroyed in 1920. In 1975, they were again restored. The height of Ata-Darwaza’ door is 10 metre, its width is 4 metre. The fortress Kunya-Ark is located on the left side and Muhammad Amin Khan Madrasa is on the right side.   North Gate - Bagcha-Darwaza is a symmetrical structure in the fortress wall, its height is 8.5 meters. There are th...

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Marghilan atlas
Rubric: Handicrafts
Published: 09 july 2013

  Marghilan is one of the oldest cities of Fergana Valley in Uzbekistan. The city is famous for beautiful fabrics produced here. In Marghilan local people have engaged in manufacturing of silk fabrics since ancient times. Silk was known to be one of the most popular commodities of merchants, who exported it along the Silk Road in Greece and Egypt, Iran and China. At the end of XX century large population of Marghilan were weavers and artisans.   Today Marghilan is one of the main centres of rich traditions of silk weaving with its style, originality and techniques. Silk fabrics are produced here: adras, bekasami, benesary, light and thin silk for women's clothing – shoyi and madali, thick purple cloth-turm, which are original in contrast, and also abr atlases; from Persian “abr” means “cloud” that is light, weightless.   It is not surprisingly...

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Kaldyrgach-biy (Tole bi) Mausoleum
Published: 24 june 2013

 Kaldyrgach-biy (Tole bi) Mausoleum was built in the first half of the XV century in Tashkent city. There are remains of the eminent Kazakh politician Tole bi "Kaldyrgach" that means ("Swallow"), hence the name of the mausoleum. Tole bi was governor of Tashkent since 1743 to 1749 years. Unfortunately, the courtyard and the decoration of the mausoleum are not preserved. Kaldyrgach-Byi was the ruler of Mogolistan and Khoja Ahrar’s ancestor.   A dome in the form of a pyramid is in the unique composition of the mausoleum. It is a rare design for Uzbekistan. There are four niches, brick stairs and khujdras in the hall. Small square crypt is under the main hall. The facade of the mausoleum is not lined. There is a legend that says when people find out about the Kalmyks’ attack, they began to leave in a hurry their houses, strangely enough, but Tole bi wasn’t going t...

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Paper mill in Samarkand
Rubric: Handicrafts
Published: 19 june 2013

Today, in the 21 century, it is difficult to imagine the modern activity of humanity without paper. In spite of ultramodern IT-technologies, paper remains the main medium.The famous historical fact is that paper was born in China. China held the monopoly for many centuries, keeping the secrets of its production. But the history points at the fact that paper was also produced in other countries.In July, 751 on the river Taraz (Talas) the Chinese army invaded to the territory of Central Asia. But the ruler of Samarkand Abu Muslim directed his army against foreigners and captured twenty thousand of the Chinese. Among the Chinese soldiers there were many origins from craftsman families, including those who produced paper. Evidently, saving their lives they exposed all secrets of the technology to the local craftsmen. From this time, beginning from the VIII century, paper was produced in Sama...

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Rishtan ceramics
Rubric: Handicrafts
Published: 04 june 2013

Rishtan is a city in Fergana Valley of Uzbekistan. It is known for its pottery and ceramic products. Rishtan ceramics has its unique features. Secrets of making dishes are passed on father to son. A man participates in the basic technological processes of production, as it is very difficult to manufacture such kind of dishes. Women are respectively are engaged with painting and decoration. Masters of Rishtan mainly use floral patterns, so the geometric pattern in their work has never played a major role. Rishtan ceramic is very varied and picturesque, has the ability to play sound of high quality porcelain. It is believed, if the sound is louder, the quality of dishes is better. There are three main things in the manufacture of tableware: a special form of patterns, a certain color of paint and unique glaze. This glaze is called ishkor so Rishtan ceramics are sometimes called ishkor. Ris...

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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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Halva is the oriental sweet.
Published: 17 april 2013

Halva is the most popular oriental sweet, it is wide-spread in countries of the Middle East and the Balkans. In Arabic, halva means "sweetness". Originally this gorgeous dessert were prepared  in Iran, in the 5th century BC. Cook, who prepares halva is called kandalatchi. Usually the basic ingredients of halva are sugar (or honey), licorice root, also walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, sesame seeds, peanuts, etc. There are some kinds of halva: tahini halva, halva with oil seeds and nuts, sunflower halva, halva with cotton candy, halva made of flour, halva made of vegetables and milk, peanut halva, etc. Usually halva is cooked manually. Sunflower halva is very popular in Eastern Europe. Its basic ingredients are grinded sunflower seeds. Nut halva is prepared  from different types of nuts: walnuts, peanuts, cashews, almonds and pistachios. Tahini (sesame) halva is cooked  fr...

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Sherbet - favorite drink of the famous Scheherezade.
Published: 17 april 2013

Sherbet – is oriental sweet, in Arabic «sharba» means “drink”, has a very refreshing taste and aroma. In ancient times it was a spicy drink that is sold in the Middle East. It was made of fruits. It’s said that it was  favorite drink of the famous Scheherezade. In the 16 century this delicacy came to Europe, and here it became a very popular. It was used not only as a drink but it was eaten with spoon. Nowadays sherbet refers to the eastern sweets, resembling soft candy, often it is prepared from condensed milk, and also it is a creamy fondant with different ingredients - raisins, nuts, vanilla and other spices. Some kinds of fruit ice - creams have the name sherbet.Thanks to these ingredients it is very nourishing. Fruit juice, puree, water, sugar, milk and cream, sometimes eggs are used to prepare sherbet. Tasting this oriental sweet you will su...

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