Bishkek is the capital and industrial centre. A relaxed city of wide streets
and handsome houses, it is a jumping-off point for the Tian Shan Mountains
and Lake Issyk-Kul, and for the overland crossing into China via the Torugart
Pass. The 4,800-metre snowcapped ramparts of the Kyrgyz Alatau range loom
over the city.
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