Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

A Welcome from the Colorado Springs - Bishkek Committee Chair

Dear friend,
This is an exciting time for the relationship we have with Bishkek through the Colorado Springs Sister Cities International program. Bishkek is an historical and cultural treasure situated at the base of the Tian Shan Range in Central Asia. Our partnership with Bishkek is strong and our future relationship is an exciting one. Bishkek has strong international sports and tourist sectors similar to Colorado Springs. Through cultural understanding and sharing, our future ties with this great city will improve and expand.

Sincerely,
Graeme Badger

 

Colorado Springs Sister Cities to Host Kyrgyz Delegation in the Spring 2015

The Bishkek Sister City Committee will host a delegation from Kyrgyzstan May 1-9, 2015. Through the Open World program and the U. S. State Department delegations visit various cities in the U.S. every year. The delegation from Kyrgyzstan will focus on 'water management and dry land irrigation' while in Colorado Springs. Delegates will stay with local families in their homes during their visit. Host families will have Russian speaking members since the delegates may not speak English very well.

It is the intention of the program to reach out to younger people (age 30 and under) in hopes of better communication between our two nations. Colorado Springs has hosted Kyrgyz delegations in the past and focused on eco-tourism and elementary education with these groups. Some of the activities that are being planned are visits to the Venetucci Farm in the south part of town and an irrigated farm on the Arkansas River east of Pueblo. The National Resource Conservation Service, a branch of the Department of Agriculture, will play an important role explaining current techniques in soil health and using technology for water management.

Academics from local universities will be making presentations. The delegation will visit a couple ranches in the mountains and see how water is managed at higher elevations. In addition to the professional portion of the program, we will show the delegates our culture and some of the wonderful tourist areas in the Pikes Peak region. We will draw from contacts within the Russian speaking community and local students studying Russian. College Russian students will be actively utilized during the visit. Professor Pavel Kozhevnikov will serve as translator during the visit. Professor Kozhevnikov is well known as a college instructor of Russian and is also known for his published Russian poetry.

Bishkek Ala-Too Square

Bishkek National Historical Museum

Dancing fountains at night in Bishkek

CITY PROFILE

Bishkek is situated at about 800 metres (2,600 ft) altitude just off the northern fringe of the Kyrgyz Ala-Too range, an extension of the Tian Shan mountain range, which rises up to 4,855 metres (15,928 ft) and provides a spectacular backdrop to the city. North of the city, a fertile and gently undulating steppe extends far north into neighbouring Kazakhstan. The Chui River drains most of the area. Bishkek is connected to the Turkestan-Siberia Railway by a spur line. Bishkek is a city of wide boulevards and marble-faced public buildings combined with numerous Soviet-style apartment blocks surrounding interior courtyards and, especially outside the city centre, thousands of smaller privately built houses. It is laid out on a grid pattern, with most streets flanked on both sides by narrow irrigation channels that water the innumerable trees which provide shade in the hot summers. Read the entire Wikipedia

Interesting Links

US Embassy in Bishkek, Library of Congress, University of Minnesota publication, Common Ground Journal on Bishkek, Bishkek tour company

 

 

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