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Kyrgyzstan's Lake Issyk-Kul

With pristine waters surrounded by stunning scenery, Kyrgyzstan's Issyk-Kul Lake is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Central Asia. Every year, hordes of Kazakh and Russian tourists flock to the lake to bask on its sandy shores, avail of its excellent spa facilities, and go on treks in the surrounding Tien Shan Mountains.

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The Aurora sanatorium beside Lake Issyk Kul
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The Aurora sanatorium beside Lake Issyk Kul

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The peculiar eroded land formations of the nearby "Canyon of Wonders" are a popular trekking destination for tourists.
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The peculiar eroded land formations of the nearby "Canyon of Wonders" are a popular trekking destination for tourists.

Stunning views of the surrounding Tien Shan Mountains are another of Lake Issyk-Kul's many attractions.
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Stunning views of the surrounding Tien Shan Mountains are another of Lake Issyk-Kul's many attractions.

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Besides tourism, many locals earn a livelihood fishing the lakes deep waters.
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Besides tourism, many locals earn a livelihood fishing the lakes deep waters.

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