Tourists to see underwater cities at the bottom of Issyk-Kul
Tuesday, April 09, 2002
Pravda, Bishkek, Kirghizia
By Yury Razgulaev, translated by Vera Solovieva
Recently, the Issyk-Kul region was visited by representatives of South-African financial circles. The delegation became interested in the prospects of building tourist objects in the Kirghiz resort zone that could attract people from rich countries of the West.
In particular, the question was about building golf courses, tennis courts, and ski and mountaineer bases for year-round use. Nature created good conditions for these plans: A mountain, a blue lake, almost 300 sunny days a year, and a mild climate. Nearthe lakeís coast, the white peaks of Tien Shan can be seen, which are covered with eternal ice.
Between the lake and the peaks, there are alpine meadows. Merely visiting them can replenish you with energy and expand your life. In every jurt, a cup of mountain koumiss expects you, which is infused with curative herbs.
Visitors have been very amazed with the region, so, at their first meeting with the regionís governor, they offered him a 100-million-dollar investment in the regionís development, while, in the future, they promised to increase this sum up to 1 billion.
Sceptics, however, remember that, earlier, investors with such hopeful projects have already appeared here. Great projects were discussed, and very promising protocols were signed. However, over all these years, the development of the resort has been funded by local funds.
Yes, it is true; however, it should not be forgotten that this is only the childhood of Kirghiz's independence. The country has to study many things, including cooperation with foreign businessmen. Recent years have not been not in vain for the local authorities. In particular, they understood that even the most favourable nature conditions could bring no benefit without advertising. Therefore, the first years of this century were declared the period for promoting the local projects on the world market. Therefore, the South-African businessmen were not there by chance. The reason of their business trip were the Kirghiz films devoted to the unique nature of the region. One of the films was shot near the Inylchek glacier. Every year, at a height of almost 5,000 meters, a lake appears here as a result of thawing ice. On the surface of the lake, real icebergs float. By the end of summer, the ice dam thaws, so the lake flows down to the valley. While, the next year, everything is be repeated. The businessmen understood that there will be enough tourists who wish see this phenomenon. While the ruins of ancient cities at the bottom of Issyk-Kul Lake are also attracting for them. Some people try to prove that that they are the ruins of ancient Atlantis. Though, even they are not right, isn't it interesting to see under-water cities?
American TV corporations are also engaged in the advertising campaign to drawing tourists to Kirghizia. According to them, in time, Kirghizia could become even more attracting from the tourist's point of view than Nepal. While some in Kirghiz are already starting to compare their country with Switzerland.
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