How well do you know the Central Asia ‘stans?

The five ‘stans – Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan – of Central Asia make up part of the Silk Road. See how much you know about them…

How well do you know Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan? The Silk Road ‘stans are easy to suss, right? Perhaps not. Time to find out one way or the other.

P.S. If you’ve read the results of the Reader Travel Awards 2020, one of the answers should be easy. Good luck!

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1. The ‘stans are also known as the Silk Road. Which of the following countries was not on the ancient Silk Road?

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2. Which of these cities is the capital of Uzbekistan?

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3. Which Silk Road ‘stan is the owner of this flag?

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4. Which ‘stan was voted the Top Emerging Destination in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards 2020?

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5. In which ‘stan would you find the Fann Mountains?

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6. In which ‘stan would you find the otherworldly Lake Kaindy?

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7. Which of the Central Asia ‘stans is the biggest (by sq km)?

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8. And which is the smallest (by sq km)?

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9. Only one ‘stan shares a border with the remaining Central Asian countries (plus Afghanistan). Which is it?

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10. Two Central Asia ‘stans border the Caspian Sea. Which are they?

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11. Which Silk Road ‘stan is the owner of this flag?

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12. Turkmenistan is home to the ‘Gate of Hell’, a fiery crater called Darvaza. Why does it still burn?

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13. In which Uzbek city would you find the jaw-dropping Registan?

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14. Can you identify this important Tajik statue?

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15. Kyrgyzstan has several traditional horseriding sports. Which of these is NOT one of them?

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16. Uzbekistan and Tajikistan share a beloved national dish: plov. What exactly is ‘plov’?