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The last of the three great Silk Road cities of Uzbekistan for us to visit was Khiva, way out 1000 kilometres to the west of Tashkent and within 10 miles of the border with Turkmenistan. Like Bukhara, Khiva was a khanate that resisted the Russians way into the 19th century and which therefore has its own distinct culture. The historical city within its walls has been extremely well preserved and is perhaps the most evocative and pristine Silk ...
... Uzbek Shaybanids turned the city into their capital. By then, a busy slave market was established shaping Khiva for more than three centuries. It was the biggest slave market in Central Asia.
The 18th century was the beginning to the end of Khorezm. First, Khiva has offered to submit to Peter the Great of Russia in return for help against raging tribes. But when the belated response of 4,000 ...
... quite compact and everything here is walking distance.
The day was blissfully cool and there was a slight drizzle. After checking in and leaving our bags, we set out to explore the town. Rustam took us through the narrow cobbled lanes, giving us lots of history about all the different structures and mosques and palaces. It seems Khiva was conquered fairly regularly, and a series of new kings each tried to leave their mark by ...
A long day of driving. When leaving Bukhara, we passed Uzbekistan's "White Gold", that is fields of cotton. Already 2000 years ago, Chinese have reported about cotton grown on nowadays Uzbek land. However, this thirsty crop does not seem to be a proper plant for parched desert sands. Unimpressed by this poor match, Soviets have introduced a strong cotton monoculture to Uzbekistan (and neighboring countries). The results have been and still ...
... br> Some random factoids and impressions:
1) the Turkmenistan economic activity is in order: 1.oiland gas. They have lots of gas but not much oil. The gas revenue pays for all the building. 2.cotton. It is short and struggles and is only possible with the heavy irrigation from the Karakom Canal (the diverted Amu-Dayer River)
3.textiles. They process the cotton and make textiles. Lots of shops with cloth for sale. 4. other agriculture
2) Turkmenistan has ...