In the North-East of Kyrgyzstan, among rugged ranges that form the Northern and Central Tien Shan, is a huge basin of lake Issyk-Kul, called sometimes the sizes Kyrgyz sea. The maximum dimensions of the basin from West to East is 275 km from North to South and 146 km from Issyk Kul or Yssyk-Kol (in translation from Kyrgyz – “hot lake”, from the ancient Turkic – “sacred lake”) is considered the jewel of the country and the Tien Shan. The first mention of the Issyk-Kul is found in Chinese Chronicles the end of II century BC, where it is called the Same high (“warm sea”). The lake lies in the North-East of Kyrgyzstan in the vast tectonic depression formed over 50 million years ago.
The surface area of this lake is situated at an altitude of 1607 m above sea level, is 6236 sq. km largest it occupies the 23rd place among lakes of the world. However, this is one of the deepest lakes on earth. It is second only to lake Baikal, Caspian sea, lake Tanganyika and lake Nyasa. Issyk-Kul lake in size is the second largest Alpine lakes after lake Titicaca in South America. Its length is about 178 km, width 60 km, the coastline – 688 km, maximum depth is 668 m. the lake Shoreline is quite indented – there Continue reading
Northeast China is rich in minerals and the amazing beauty of the local land. For centuries these lands were inhabited by hardy tribes, among them: kitana, the Jurchen (Manchu) and the Mongols.
Three North-Eastern province of Jilin, Liaoning and Heilongjiang — industrialized Chinese regions. Here there are many volcanic lakes, the jagged boundary lines and mountains.
The Imperial Palace in Liaoning province in Shenyang (Mukden) confirms the glorious past of the Manchu Qing dynasty. Many monuments of Russian architecture stores the port city of Dalian (distant), which overtakes the entire province in economic development.
The power capital of the puppet Manchukuo (1933-1945.) — Changchun (Xinjiang), now it is the main city of Jilin province — the center of the automotive industry, and the fame of Heilongjiang province brought Ice festival in Harbin.
The area of the provinces of Jilin, Liaoning and Heilongjiang, which are located from Shanhaiguan is the point where the ends of the Great wall of China near the Yellow sea to the Siberian border in the North is 800-000 km2, which is larger than the area of Portugal and Spain. There is a population of over Continue reading
Horses and other animals love since childhood with feelings for a wonderful place – the Altai could not be determined until there has not visited. In fact, immersion in the wilderness of this land was invigorating, like the icy water of the local rivers.
Travel on mountain Altai is already started when I came across a website, calling to make a tour along the unknown paths of the Altai.
Base, where we waited for the conductor, was located near the village of Chemal known fact that there is a hydroelectric power station, about an hour away — famous Teletska lakes, and even some caves nearby.
All these attractions our guide refused, saying that we will see “real” forest. And riding horses, consisting of three people we went to see taiga.
Get used to spend in the saddle for 6-7 hours a day would be difficult, if you are certainly not riding instructor. The habit of dashing to jump in the saddle I have developed only toward the end of the trip, but the first commandment of the conductor – “trust the horse”, I learned immediately. Because it is impossible to walk between huge boulders to climb on wet, slippery trail and down Continue reading