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Our stand at WTM London 2018
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Southern shore of the Issyk-Kul Lake: Skazka Canyon, Barskaun Gorge, Jeti-Oguz Gorge
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Jyrgalan Valley and San-Tash Pass
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Issyk-Kul Lake
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LEGENDS ABOUT THE LAKE OF ISSYK-KUL
Fantasy covers the lake of Issyk-Kul with the veil of enigma. In every village (ayil) here there is a person who will tell the story of the "sudden" appearance of Issyk-Kul, and everybody tells it a different way. There are plenty of legends. Here are few.

The Legend of Lake Issyk-Kul
A long time ago there was a rich and fruitful valley with numerous cities and villages. In the center of the main city there was a well with clear water. The well was always closed with a heavy cover so that the water would not run out. People were strictly ordered to cover the well after getting water, otherwise something terrible would happen.
One evening a girl went to the well where her groom was waiting for her and they forgot to cover the well. Water flowed out of the well and it plowed and flowed until it flooded all the nearest streets and all of the valley with its cities and villages. So the lake appeared and the reason was love.

The Origin of Lake Issyk-Kul
A long time ago there was an ancient city. Over the city, at the top of a high mountain, an old castle stood that belonged to an old and mighty khan (governor), who was well known not only by his wealth, but also by his cruelty. There was not a single day in which someone was able to escape his cruel jokes. In spite of his old age, the khan liked young girls even though he knew no love and no passion.
One day he heard of a girl of unbelievable beauty and he decided to get her. Many jigits lost their heads fighting for this beautiful girl, but for all the offers of marriage she answered that she loved another man.
No one knew who the man was that this girl loved; she did not know it by herself. She could only remember that one early morning a handsome and strong man appeared on the white steed. He took her on his steed and they rose high into the sky.
Later, she could only remember how they flew very high and he took a ring off his finger and giving it to her said: "I will be back soon and you should never take the ring off. While you have it, no trouble will touch you".
When the servants of the khan came to her with rich gifts she refused them and said: "I love another one, and I will be no one’s wife but the man I love!" Having said this, the girl went away to the mountains trying to meet the beloved rider and ask him for protection, and only then she noticed that her ring had disappeared. She started crying and decided return home. On the way armoured riders surrounded her, took her and quickly entered the dark castle.
When they removed the blinfold from her eyes, she found herself in a high tower among numerous beautiful and expensive things. She quickly understood that she had been captured by the khan and decided it was [better to die than to be his wife. Khan surrounded her with the most [expensive things, but it did not change the girl’s mind. At last khan decided to take with strength everything that he could not get with presents. He came to the girl again with promises to give her everything for her love, even freedom. The answer was the same: "I love another one.” Khan began to reach for the beautiful girl, but she ran quickly to the open window, over the high precipice, "I will never be yours, Khan!” she cried and jumped down into the precipice. The same moment the old walls of the tower rocked and the dark castle of the old khan fell down and water from the surrounding gorges started to flow. Soon the ruins of khan's castle were covered, but the water continued to come, and it flowed until it flooded the huge valley. And this is how the lake of Issyk-Kul appeared.
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11/07/2018
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What kind of witchcraft is in the mountains? It bewitches.. Once you get into its networks - and you're lost: you'll remember it, yearn for it and finally come back ...

For the tourists the mountains, in addition to beauty, conceal one more charm. This is a huge ecological polygon, where plants are given infinitely different living conditions. Indeed! A few steps up the slope - and already another temperature regime (the higher, the colder).

The Queen of the Tien Shan is special type of firs - Pícea schrenkiána, or simply Tien-Shan fir. It fully deserved this title for the solemn beauty and the role played in the life of the Tien-Shan.

A powerful tree, straight as a candle, grows on a steep slope. The branches of the Tien-Shan fir are dressed with large needles, much more powerful than the European ones. It is juicy-green and, growing old, it becomes bluish. Each tree can live about thirty years. Its real longevity, however, is determined by the conditions of life: the colder (the higher the tree grows on the slope), the longer its life. The more direct light and heat - the earlier comes an old age and life becomes shorter.

Adult tree reaches a height of 45 meters: it is said: you look - and the hat falls.

The cones of the Tien Shan fir are similar to the cones of the European fir but larger.
Pícea schrenkiána grows only in the Tien Shan. Fir-trees here belong to middle-mountain forests. To rise in the highlands they are hampered by a lack of heat, descend into the valley - a lack of moisture. Depending on the moisture they grow at lower altitude (for example, the eastern side of the basin of Lake Issyk-Kul), or higher, if the area itself is drier (for example, the western side of the same basin). But nowhere descends below 1300 m and does not rise above 3000 meters above sea level. The average vertical gap is about a kilometer.

Trees in fir groves are often not enclosed but scattered - one by one or by groups, forming a park plantation.

The nature of the Tien Shan amazes everyone with its special beauty, contrasts, brightness, richness and originality of the flora. And how can one not remember the words of a remarkable naturalist, D.N. Kashkarov: "The one who has ever walked along the Tien-Shan mountain trail, is the slave forever and will carry the chains with love to the grave!"
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02/07/2018
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I wonder what would be the fate of the city of Otrar without being attacked by the troops of Genghis Khan? Would there be a city now or secrets would be deep under the ground?
These and many questions arise among tourists while visiting a medieval city.

The legendary city of Otrar, according to legend, was burnt to the ground by Genghiz Khan for its pride and unwillingness to submit. In the Middle Ages it was the commercial and religious capital of the large Otrar Oasis, spread over 2,500 square kilometers of a large fertile valley at the confluence of Arys and Syr Darya rivers.
Otrar is a witness of the heyday of Kazakhstan in the era of the Great Silk Road. It remained a major trade center until the Middle Ages. Otrar was famous for its own mint, luxurious eastern baths with an original heating system, a huge library, not inferior to the most famous libraries of antiquity. The world-famous medieval thinker Al-Farabi was born, lived and had been creating in this city.

At the end of the XIII century, during the Mongol invasion, the city was destroyed. However, its ruins still towering above the steppe by a gigantic hill. The streets and ruins of houses cleared by archaeologists appear for tourists' glances as evidence of once stormy city life. Over one hundred small settlements with traces of military fortifications were built on this land.
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