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This chapter is devoted to the cultures of Xinjiang where the current dominant people are represented by the Uyghurs. The name Xinjiang means "new frontiers" and was adopted by Qing Manchuria. But history has made this region a mixture of peoples and cultures. During prehistoric times, cultural influence came from the northwest and moved east until the 3rd century AD when Buddhism appeared in the region. The Scythian empire gives way to the Kouchan empire which left many pictorial traces especially in the caves of Kizil and marks the beginning of the Silk Roads. Then in the 7th century, it is the Tang culture which dominates the region but for a short time, because in the 8th century the Tibetan Empire controls the region before the Tang with the help of the Uyghurs regain control. From 840, the Uyghurs were pushed back to the south by the Kyrgyz, they will remain there to this day.
The Uyghur people are therefore an ancient Turkish people who greatly influenced Asian civilizations. The Uyghurs were the first sedentary among the Turkic peoples. Influenced by Manichaeism and then by Buddhism, whose heyday extends from the 9th to the 10th centuries, and was a highlight in the history of the region in artistic and literary terms. Subsequently, the Uyghur Islamic era gave birth to famous works of the 11th century such as the "Compendium of Turkish languages" by the philosopher and lexicographer Mahmoud Al-Kachgari and "The Science which brings happiness" by the philosopher Yusuf Balasagun, prides literary works from all over the Turkish world. The place of Uyghur civilization is as important there as the Greco-Roman civilization for the Western world.
Nepalese culture embraces diverse cultures belonging to more than 120 distinct ethnic groups present in Nepal. The culture of Nepal is expressed through the arts: music, painting, wood and stone sculpture and dance. This is why craftsmanship is important. The Nepalese speak different languages and dialects. The isolation of the valleys and villages has saved multitudes of dialects and thus a great cultural richness. But the Nepalese get up every morning with religion. The important mixture of religions is main facet of culture through its festivals, celebrations and folklore. Finally, we will not forget the drinks and the Nepalese cuisine, which has an important role in the festivities.
Top 10 things to do in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
Karakol is a great base camp for day tours or multi-day tours in the mountains near by. The trekking and horseback riding possibilities are limitless and it’s still possible to find places that are untouched by large tour groups. My advice is to spend at least one full day in Karakol to just walk around and enjoy something different than Bishkek, Osh, and Kochkor. I hope you enjoy this blog post about Karakol and the area if you have any questions about the Karakol area get a hold of me. You can enjoy a short film about me here: About Alex
Best Trekking Spots in Kyrgyzstan: Self-Guided Treks, Peaks, Remote Treks etc
Self-Guided Treks in Kyrgyzstan
Are you an independent traveler? Do you like the freedom of trekking at your own pace and to stop and take pictures or stop when you wish? I have created a list of great trekking spots here in Kyrgyzstan where you can hike independently. If you wish to hire a guide or to join an open group tour with a guide that knows the areas from first-hand account feel free to write me. I can set you up with local guides and drivers to show you the best spots here in Kyrgyzstan. If you would like to rent a 4x4 for your trip where you can do the hikes from the doors of your 4x4 let me know I can rent you a strong 4x4. I hope you like the list that I have created and tell your friends about Kyrgyzstan!
Boule de Neige Association
"Boule de Neige" was born after several friends' stays in the mountains of Central Asia.
Thanks to Samuel Maret, long-established in Kyrgyzstan, these friends, originally from the Valais Alps, have forged lasting links with schools and sports clubs also keen on snowboarding, skiing and other disciplines and winter recreation.
The beneficiaries of our actions thank you for your support.