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Susan’s review of A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar
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Aug 11, 2012 08:07PM
Kashgar is in Sinkiang, China in the very far west, almost in Kyrgyzstan. The city of Osh, which is mentioned is in Kyrgyzstan. Try Google maps or google earth.
Aug 11, 2012 10:29PM
I did look it up, Colleen. Now you've got me stumped with Kyrgystan. Back to the maps. Thanks.
Aug 12, 2012 06:56AM
Kyrgyzstan is to the west of Kashgar and a little south. The huge former SSR is Kazakhstan and tucked under it is Kyrgyzstan. The capitals of Almaty (Kazakhstan) is just about 4 hours north of Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan).
My ex-husband has been teaching out there Kyrgyzstan -Kazakhstan-Kygyzstan since 1994, so I'm pretty familiar with the geography and visited once in 1995. Uzbekistan - Samarkand, Bukhara - is to the west, and Afghanistan is straight south of there. Uzbekistan and Afghanistan border in part on the Amu Darya river, anciently known as the Oxus.
Have fun. I love maps, myself.
Aug 12, 2012 10:48PM
Wow, I am impressed. That geography is just a blur there for me. I appreciate the information.
Aug 13, 2012 05:18AM
I always have liked maps and my ex-husband does me better and knows even more. We were in the Peace Corps in Turkey and much of Central Asia is Turkic - the Turks originally came from even further north and east - try to find the Yenisei river. So it was a competition to keep up and I always like to know where places are.
Central Asia is certainly beyond the ken and interest of most Americans until you read a book with 'Kashgar' in the title....I hadn't heard of Urumqi until I met some Turkic speakers from there and then we learned that the Chinese husband of my ex-husband's niece was born there! I think his father was doing military service.
Aug 13, 2012 11:47AM
Wow! Did you like Turkey? I've always wanted to go there. And,you are right, Central Asia is beyond my ken. Do you know if thie is where Genghis Khan was? I read a series on him and was just fascinated.
Aug 13, 2012 12:47PM
Genghis Khan started out in Mongolia. You can always start with Wikipedia for basic information. I just checked the entry and if you click on Mongolia you see where that is. His sons spread all over Asia and got as far as Eastern Europe!
I loved Turkey and have been there several times. (Istanbul is wonderful, but there's a lot more to Turkey than just that city.) I was in Adiyaman, in the southeast. I just checked and it has its own Wikipedia entry. And if you click on 'Ataturk Dam' then you learn that most of the southern border of the province is the Euphrates river.
Aug 13, 2012 05:54PM
Thanks. I'll do that.
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