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Irkeshtam

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View Route Olympia - China on Lent's travel map.

Used as a pass on the Silk Road for centuries, one cannot be but astonished by the bumpy and stoney dirt track that leads to China, all the more that an uninterrupted chain of new Chinese trucks carrying modern sea-going containers try to make their way through this remote area. Compared with the the antiquated Kyrgyz trucks going the opposite direction this is a very tangible sign of how the booming Chinese economy is spilling over into neighboring countries.
The Kyrgyz side of the border at Irkeshtam offers a depressing view of an agglomeration of rotting shacks (where probably certain "services" are offered) and lorries. Somewhere in this mess there is a gate that will open on Monday morning to allow us to leave Kyrgyzstan for China...

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Kyrgyz children - however remote, this area is not completely uninhabited

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Nura - very last village before the Chinese border. The last kilometres to the border are brandnew asphalt.

GPS and photos: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=25133

Posted by Lent 03:44 Archived in Kyrgyzstan

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