Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyz Respublikasy
Area:198,500 sq km
Climate: dry continental to polar in high Tien Shan; subtropical in southwest (Fergana Valley); temperate in northern foothill zone
Terrain: peaks of Tien Shan and associated valleys and basins encompass entire nation
Elevation extremes: lowest point: Kara-Darya 132 m highest point: Jengish Chokusu (Pik Pobedy) 7,439 m
Population: 4,546,055 (July 1999 est.)
Ethnic groups: Kirghiz 52.4%, Russian 18%, Uzbek 12.9%, Ukrainian 2.5%, German 2.4%, other 11.8%
Religions: Muslim 75%, Russian Orthodox 20%, other 5%
Languages: Kirghiz (Kyrgyz)official language, Russianofficial language note: in March 1996, the Kyrgyzstani legislature amended the constitution to make Russian an official language, along with Kirghiz, in territories and work places where Russian-speaking citizens predominate
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Route notes of the rally:
coming from Kazakhstan.
Monday 22nd May - Day 22 Tashkent to Bishkek 600km
This long transit section crossing both Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan before arriving in Bishkek.
Tuesday 23rd May - Day 23 Bishkek to Naryn 340km
The day starts with a one-kilometre sprint around a go-kart circuit stretched a little to accommodate the slightly larger cars of this event. Heading east towards the second highest lake in the World 'Ysys-Ko' the event winds its way over the Dolan Pass to reach Naryn.
Wednesday 24th May - Day 24 Naryn to Kashgar 360km
This is a day to remember, an early morning start takes in the climb over the snow-covered Toragart Pass at 3800m before the descent on superb gravel roads into the border of China and Kashgar.
moving on to China.