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A presentation of the cultural and tourism potential of Uzbekistan took place in Beijing, China
22 April 2024
A presentation of the cultural and tourism potential of Uzbekistan took place in Beijing, China

A presentation dedicated to the cultural and tourism potential of Uzbekistan was held at the Embassy of our country in Beijing.

As Uzbekistan continues developing cooperation with China in the field of tourism, as well as other aspects, another presentation dedicated to tourist destinations of Uzbekistan and the cultural treasures offered by our country was held in Beijing.

The presentation was organized as part of the implementation of the Joint Declaration signed by the heads of the two states on May 18, 2023 in Xi’an, a comprehensive program for the development of the strategic partnership between Uzbekistan and China for 2023-2027 and the agreements reached between the parties during the visit of the head of our state to China.

The event was attended by leading travel companies in China, cultural, tourism and art figures, media representatives and famous bloggers.

Guests were informed that citizens of 91 foreign countries are currently granted the right to travel to Uzbekistan without a visa, whereas citizens of 57 countries have the opportunity to obtain an electronic visa in order to visit Uzbekistan through e-visa.gov.uz portal. It was also noted that citizens from 48 countries can enter Uzbekistan without a visa for up to five days.

It was emphasized that from 1 March 2021, Chinese citizens can travel to Uzbekistan visa-free for a period of up to 10 days, and Chinese citizens over 55 years old who took a trip to Uzbekistan for the tourism purposes have the right to stay in our country without a visa for a period of 30 days. Additionally, Chinese citizens under 16 years old can stay in Uzbekistan for a period not exceeding 90 days without obtaining a visa.

The participants of the event were demonstrated how to make the Uzbek national dish – pilaf, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. A cultural program is also presented. Representatives of China were presented with a special magazine dedicated to the Buddhist monuments in Uzbekistan.

HR Manager of Shaanxi Baiyuan Shengong Zhang Mingjuan:

— Today we took part in a presentation dedicated to the tourism potential of Uzbekistan.

During the event, we got acquainted with the new tourism opportunities of your country and the reforms being implemented in this area.

We know that cooperation between China and Uzbekistan in various fields is actively developing today. The culture, traditions, history and tourism opportunities of Uzbekistan allow us to further strengthen our relations in the field of tourism.

Director of the travel company "Meiya Silk Road Travel" Song Liwei:

- Our company works closely with Uzbekistan. We see growing interest among Chinese tourists to experience the rich culture and modern development of your country.

During today's event at the embassy, I received a lot of new information about changes in the tourism sector. I have been to Uzbekistan many times. The culture and architecture there are beautiful and the people are friendly and welcoming. Uzbekistan has opportunities for pilgrimage tourism. Ancient Buddhist monuments in your country attract the attention of tourists from China.

A special magazine published on the initiative of the Embassy, dedicated to the possibilities of Buddhism in Uzbekistan, aroused great interest among the participants today.

Our company is very pleased to contribute to the development of tourism in Uzbekistan and increasing the flow of Chinese tourists to your country.

Malaysian student May Teo:

— I am very glad that my friends from Uzbekistan invited me to the embassy of your country to participate in an event dedicated to cultural and tourism opportunities.

With our friends from Uzbekistan who study in China, we often talked about the culture, national cuisine, clothing and customs of the Uzbek people.

My interest in Uzbekistan is growing more and more. I really liked the Uzbek pilaf and music. I will definitely go to Uzbekistan; I would like to introduce Malaysian youth to the cultural and tourism opportunities of your country.

Representative of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Ying Zhang:

- I am very proud to take part in this event. I was impressed by the rich historical, cultural and tourism potential of your country.

Relations between our countries have a long history and have continued since the times of the ancient Silk Road. I intend to travel to Uzbekistan in the future and see the historical and cultural monuments there, the huge tourism potential of your country.

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Did you know?

Uzbekistan is one of only two countries in the world to be ‘double landlocked’ (landlocked and totally surrounded by other landlocked countries). Liechtenstein is double landlocked by 2 countries whilst Uzbekistan is surrounded by 5!

Did you know that Uzbekistan lies in the very heart of Eurasia, the coordinates for Uzbekistan are 41.0000° N, 69.0000°

Uzbekistan is home to the Muruntan gold mine, one of the largest open pit gold mines in the world! The country has 4th largest reserves of gold in the world after South Africa, USA and Russia

Uzbekistan is the world capital of melons. They have in excess of 150 different varieties, which form a staple part of the local diet, served fresh in the summer and eaten dried through the winter.

It is Uzbek tradition that the most respected guest be seated farthest from the house’s entrance.

Tashkent’s metro features chandeliers, marble pillars and ceilings, granite, and engraved metal. It has been called one of the most beautiful train stations in the world.

The Uzbek master chef is able to cook in just one caldron enough plov to serve a thousand men.

When you are a host to someone, it is your duty to fill their cups with for the whole time they are with you.  What you must not do, however, is to fill their cup more than half-full.  If you do that as a mistake, say it is a mistake immediately.  Doing it means you want them to leave.  Wow!  Amazing, right?

To Uzbeks, respect means a whole lot.  For this reason they love it if, even as foreigners, you endeavour to add the respectful suffix opa after a woman's name; and aka after a man's.  Example: Linda-opa and David-aka.  You could also use hon and jon respectively.

Having been an historic crossroads for centuries as part of various ancient empires, Uzbekistan’s food is very eclectic. It has its roots in Iranian, Arab, Indian, Russian and Chinese cuisine.

Though identified with the Persia, the Zoroastrism probably originated in Bactria or Sogdiana. Many distinguished scholars share an opinion that Zoroastrianism had originated in the ancient Khorezm. Indeed, today in the world there were found 63 Zoroastrian monuments, including those in Iran, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Thirty-eight of them are in Uzbekistan, whereas 17 of these monuments are located in Khorezm.

One of Islam's most sacred relics - the world's oldest Koran that was compiled in Medina by Othman, the third caliph or Muslim leader, is kept in Tashkent. It was completed in the year 651, only 19 years after Muhammad's death. 

Tashkent is the only megapolis in the world where public transport is totally comprised of Mercedes buses. And due to low urban air polution it is one of the few cities where one can still see the stars in the sky.

You would be surprised to know that modern TV was born in Tashkent. No joke! The picture of moving objects was transmitted by radio first time in the world in Tashkent on 26 of July 1928 by inventors B.P. Grabovsky and I.F. Belansky.

Uzbekistan is the only country in the world all of whose neighbours have their names ending in STAN. This is also the only country in Central Asia that borders all of the countries of this region

Uzbeks are the third populous Turkik ethnicity in the world after Turks and Azeris (leaving both in Azerbaijan and Iran)

Did you know that there was silk money in Khiva? Super interesting right? Of course, but the best part of having silk money was that it could be sewn into your clothing.

Famous Islamic physician Ibn Sina (Avicenna in the Latin world) who was born near Bukhara was the one of the first people to advocate using women’s hair as suture material – about 1400 years ago.

Uzbekistan has a long and bloody history. The most notorious leader of Uzbekistan was Timur (or Tamerlane) who claimed descent from Genghis Khan. His military campaigns have been credited for wiping out some 5% of the world’s population at the time.

If you have thought that some of the Islamic architecture in Uzbekistan resembles that from Northern India, then that is because Timur’s great great great Grandson, Babur Beg, was the founder of the Moghul Empire that ruled much of India for almost four centuries! Babur’s great great Grandson was Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal.

Uzbekistan was once a rum producig country. There is still a real arboretum in Denau (city near Termez on the border with Afghanistan), grown from a selection station that studied the prospects of plant growing in the unusual for the Soviet Union subtropical climate of Surkhandarya region: only here in the whole of the USSR sugar cane was grown and even rum was produced!

Uzbekistan has been ranked one of the safest countries in the world, according to a new global poll. The annual Gallup Global Law and Order asked if people felt safe walking at night and whether they had been victims of crime. The survey placed Uzbekistan 5th out of 135 countries, while the UK was 21st and the US 35th. Top five safest countries:

  • Singapore
  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Finland
  • Uzbekistan
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