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Empires of the Silk Road

When I arrived in Kyrgyzstan, I wanted to see what remained of the Silk Road that snaked through that spiky Central Asian country for centuries, bridging the vastness of Asia and the West with caravans bearing silk, gems, and spices. Here’s what I found.

Emerging ‘It’ Place: Kyrgyzstan

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Landlocked, hidden behind the empty steppes of Kazakhstan and western China, and guarded by the dizzying peaks of the Tien Shan and Pamir ranges, Kyrgyzstan backs up its enigmatic reputation with formidable geography. But lately the nation’s veil has begun to lift. Here’s why this Central Asian country–whose allure is Silk Road heritage, not urban grandeur–is ready for take off.