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Description of Kyzyl
Kyzyl (Tuv. Kyzyl - Red) is a city in the Russian
Federation, the capital of the Republic of Tyva. Forms the urban
district of the city of Kyzyl. Kyzyl claims to be located exactly in
the geographical center of Asia. Whether these coordinates are in
fact the center of Asia is disputed (e.g., Ürümqi in China makes a
similar claim). However, there is a monument labelled "Center of
Asia" in English, Russian, and Tuvan which asserts this claim.
Tos-Bulak is the area of open fields and mineral springs which lies
immediately south of Kyzyl.
Kyzyl is located where the
Yenisei River meets the Maly Yenisey River to form the Verkhny
Yenisey. Most development is south of the river and follows the
curves of the river, with the highest development centered where the
two headstreams of the Yenisei, the Bii-Khem (Russian: Большой
Енисей), and the Kaa-Khem (Russian: Малый Енисей), meet. A monument
was built in 1964 on the river bank to mark this.
History of Kyzyl
Kyzyl was founded in 1914 as Belotsarsk (Белоца́рск, lit. White
Tsar's town). In 1918, it was renamed Khem-Beldir (Хем-Белдир), and
in 1926 it was given its present name. In September 2004, Kyzyl
celebrated its 90th anniversary as a city.
How to get there
1 Airport. Airport Kyzyl. This
airport is small and offers flights to and from the Siberian center
of Krasnoyarsk as well as Raduzhny, Khantia-Mansia for some odd
reason. The direct flights from Moscow to Kyzyl go twice a week via
Ufa, Bashkiria's capital, departing from Moscow on Sunday and
2 Abakan railway station. Railway
station of the city of Abakan. The best option is to take the train
from Moscow to Abakan (76 hours), with one-way fares varying from
approximately 4,000 Rub (US$160) to 9,500 Rub (US$390). The price
changes according to peak tourist seasons in Russia: by far the
cheapest day to travel is 1 January, while July is the most
3 Federal Highway R257 Yenisei (Usinsk
highway). The federal highway Yenisei R257 or otherwise the Usinsky
tract, the M-54 is the only road between Abakan and Kyzyl.
4 Passenger ATP of Kyzyl. Bus station Kyzyl. It is possible
to take a bus from Abakan in neighboring Khakassia. While a night
bus is an option, don't take it! The route meanders through the
gorgeous Sayan mountain landscapes of the Ergaki region, which would
be foolish to miss. The train from Moscow arrives in Abakan at
06:00, and apart from the bus, there will be plenty of taxi drivers
offering to take you to Kyzyl (approximately 420 km from Abakan) for
1,000 — 1,500 Rub (US$40-60). There is a possibility that you may
have to register at the Russian-Tuvan border — just hand over your
passport to the police officer, there is no fee for the service. You
may even travel by bus from as far as Krasnoyarsk, but expect it to
be a long evening and night in a bus. The road in Tuva is being
renovated, but otherwise the trip is smooth.
On the ship
The city of Kyzyl has no access to the sea.