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Uzbekistan - Samarkand - one of the mosques in the Registan square - Elter photo

Uzbekistan - Uzbek lady with golden smile - Weird as it may seem for Westerners, the unibrow is a symbol of female beauty and purity in Uzbekistan - Elter photo

Uzbekistan - lady with unibrow - Elter photo

Uzbekistan - medals - Elter photo

“At first glance the Uzbeks seem friendlier than the Turkmens. Of course, making grand statements like this after just a few days inn the country is pretty irresponsible, but I’m just describing how they struck me. I wouldn’t swear to it. Maybe it’s because the local dictator holds the reins of power just a little looser here. The borders of Uzbekistan are much more open, and not only do they welcome foreign visitors with open arms, but Uzbeks themselves are also free to move to Russia for work, if they think they can make a better living there. For the past few years it has even been open to outside investment – before long it will be a regular capitalist state!

The Uzbeks don’t differ much in appearance from other Turkic ethnic groups, and even follow the regional fashion for gold teeth, but to be they seemed much more cheerful and direct.
The tourist is, of course, a special kind of animal – you can stare at it, or try to sell at an outrageous price some item you’d never find a local buyer for: nobody wears Cossack caps anymore, and the trade in Quran book holders isn’t what it used to be. Well, we were certainly exposed to a lot of curious looks, because though all the talk is of Uzbekistan becoming a popular destination, over the course of the day we saw only three tourist groups as we walked a circuit of Khiva’s walled old town. (phica, 2019)


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Uzbekistan - Tashkent - metro - s.k. photo

Uzbekistan - Samarkand - dolce vita - a.a. photo

Uzbekistan - Buhara -no-frills bike rental - a.a. photo

Uzbekistan - Bukhara - n.e. photo

Food

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Uzbekistan - selling sharbat (a refresment drink) from a tank-car - Elter photo

Uzbekistan - women showing flatbread (locally called: non) - Elter photo

Uzbekistan - Buhara - bakery selling non, the typical local bread - a.a.

Shopping

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Uzbekistan - sales of tubeteika (traditional Uzbek cap) as souvenir -Elter photo

Uzbekistan - souvenirs - Elter photo

Uzbekistan - Buhara - kiosk selling - among others - hot dog, coffe, tea- a.a. photo

Uzbekistan - Buhara - open-air butchery - a.a. photo

Uzbekistan - This is one million Uzbekistani soʻm - about 96 USD - n.e. photo

Others

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Uzbekistan - Shakhrisabz - guys - n.e. photo

Background

Uzbekistan - national flags

Destination in brief

Uzbekistan in brief
 
Uzbekistan is a landlocked country in Central Asia. Neighbors: Kazakhstan (north and west), Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan (east), Afghanistan, Turkmenistan (south)
 
Size: 448,978 km² (173,351 mi²)
 
Capital city: Tashkent – About 2 million (2020)
 
Population: 33.2 million (2020) – 80% Uzbek, 5,5% Russian, 5% Tajik – Uzbeks are historically the easternmost Caucasoid race, with some Mongoloid admixture.
 
Language: Uzbek is the official language – About 80% of the locals speak some Russian.
 
Religion: 93% Sunni Muslim - Uzbekistan is trying to take advantage of its many ancient shrines to attract religious tourists to these holy places and become a sort of second Mecca. Uzbek women do not wear the veil but dress quite conservatively. The stricter rules of Islam are typically not applied in everyday life.
 
 
Political system: presidential constitutional republic, whereby the President is both head of state, and head of government – The country’s regime is authoritarian.
 
Uzbekistan was part of the Soviet Union between 1924-1991.
 
Currency: Som (UZS)
 
Average net monthly salary: 220 USD (2020)
 
Most common surname: Kim
 
Safety: Uzbekistan is a safe tourist destination – no war, no riots, no mugging tourists
 
When to visit? May-June, September-November
 
Top tourist attractions:
Itchan-Kala, Bukhara, Samarkand, historic center of Shahrisabz, Shahi-Zinda Ensemble, Ichan Kala (the walled inner town of the city of Khiva), Gur Emir Mausoleum, Bibi-Khonym Mosque


People

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Uzbekistan - Uzbek woman keeping vigil over a grave site - Elter photo

Uzbekistan - elders chattily - Elter photo

Uzbekistan - kid in traditional dress - Elter photo

Uzbekistan - women -Elter photo

Uzbekistan - Buhara - local man wears velvet kaftan and fur hat - a.a. photo

Uzbekistan - Samarkand - relaxation - a.a. photo

Attractions

Uzbekistan - statue of Timur Lenk (a great conqueror in the 14th century) - Elter photo

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