Video: The Rustic Beauty of Kyrgyzstan

The Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan remains off the beaten path for most travelers: Just over 1 percent of its GDP is derived from tourism, a figure that places it near the bottom in global rankings. Wedged between China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, the Kyrgyzstan is a largely rural, mountainous country where over 90 percent of its land mass is at an elevation of 3,000 feet or above.

These mountains, along with low-lying valleys, have blessed the country with spectacular scenery. Check out this dazzling high-definition video of Kyrgyzstan, shot largely by drone, made by the Italian travel blog The Lost Avocado.

In 2012, Asia Blog profiled Sue Anne Tay, a China-based photographer who documented a different side of Kyrgyzstan: its bustling urban bazaars.

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