Souvenirs from Kyrgyzstan
A traditionally nomadic country, the Kyrgyz Republic is a mountainous land of harsh landscapes and beauty. Souvenirs from Kyrgyzstan are a remembrance of past ways, offering handicrafts that are practical and attractive. Felt made in this country is considered to be the best in the world by many people, and it is used to make shelters, rugs and clothing. A tray or container of this material would be a unique home decor accent, and you can also find it made into toys and wall hangings. Silver jewelry and trinket boxes are also common in the markets, often intricately detailed or inlaid with stones. A coffee table book, full of pictures of the jagged cliffs, lush valleys, colorful yhurtas and citizens, would be a thoughtful present for a close friend. Other Kyrgyz souvenirs could be a postcard of Ysyk-Kol, a felt key chain, a three-dimensional refrigerator magnet, or a water globe of a mountain scene.
A Brief Geography of Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan is located in Central Asia, and is bordered by China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. It covers an area of almost 200,000 sq km, making it one of the smaller countries in the region. The mountain systems of Tian Shan and Pamir dominate two thirds of the country, with the highest peak at Jengish Chokusu, 7439 meters. The lowest point in the country is in the Fergana Valley at 394 meters. Kyrgyzstan also has 6,500 different glaciers that are believed to contain 650 cu km of water. Only a few valleys are flat enough to sustain farming in the Fergana, Chui and Talas valleys. These valleys are irrigated by run-off water from the surrounding peaks. There are over 2000 lakes in Kyrgyzstan, and the largest of these is Ysyk-Kol, a salt water lake. Temperatures vary widely, dependent on elevation and location, and can range from -10 Celsius in the winter, to 27 degrees Celsius in the peak of summer.