Talk:Central Asia

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The train fares on this page are out of date. If anyone knows more up-to-date ones that would be great. (WT-en) Professorbiscuit 19:47, 26 Oct 2004 (EDT)

Is Turkmenbashi a place? I thought it was Niyazov's title, Head of the Turkmen. -(WT-en) phma 18:09, 11 Apr 2005 (EDT)
Never mind, I found it on the map. -(WT-en) phma 18:13, 11 Apr 2005 (EDT)

Turkmenbashi is as well a place as a title of the president.It had a russian name before the name change. 19:23, 11 Apr 2005 (EDT)


i am not familiar with food here

Map needs Afghanistan[edit]

This map needs Afghanistan on it - it's definitely part of Central Asia... (WT-en) Cacahuate 10:30, 18 December 2006 (EST)

shit happens - make over the map...

quote: In modern contexts, all definitions of Central Asia include these five republics of the former Soviet Union: Kazakhstan (pop. 16.6 million), Kyrgyzstan (5.5 million), Tajikistan (7.6 million), Turkmenistan (5.1 million), and Uzbekistan (29.5 million). and another more reliable source.


Mongolia is Central Asia as well. Arguably so is East Turkestan and possibly even TIBET, but they are not independent states so we can safely leave them as part of China and thus "East Asia".

But no way is Mongolia getting left in East Asia. That is some ludicrous shit. I am changing this page to include it.

Let's keep this discussion in one place → Talk:East Asia. (WT-en) Jpatokal 12:31, 17 March 2008 (EDT)


Turkmenistan especially Ashgabat needs to be expanded urgently it is very substandard.

Get to work! (WT-en) Jpatokal 02:14, 30 October 2009 (EDT)

Central Asia - 5 stans[edit]

Is there anything useful in that article that should be moved here, or to any of the country-level articles, or should it simply be deleted? Ikan Kekek (talk) 10:20, 6 April 2013 (UTC)

Move Merv?[edit]

Merv is currently listed under "Other destinations" as:

  • Merv — the most famous of Turkmenistan's many ruined medieval Silk Road cities.

I'd like to move it to the Cities section. To do that, we'd need to remove one of the current list of cities; I suggest Astana. We currently have:

  • Almaty — Kazakhstan's former capital is an infinitely more preferable destination than ad hoc Astana.
  • Astana — Kazakhstan's dreary, cold northern capital.

I see no problem dropping Astana from the list, especially if we make the mention in the Almaty line a link. Other opinions? Pashley (talk) 15:35, 13 November 2015 (UTC)

Page banner[edit]

Current banner.
Suggested banner 1; mountains of Afghanistan, used for Hindu Kush.
Suggested banner 2; currently used for Bukhara.
Suggested banner 2b; Bukhara.
Suggested banner 3; Kazakhstan.
Suggested banner 3b; Kazakhstan.
Suggested banner 3c — the guy's right in the middle
Suggested banner 4; currently used for Altai (Kazakhstan).
Suggested banner 5; Shah-i-Zinda, Samarkand.
Suggested banner 6, a yurt camp in Issyk Kul.

The current banner has poor photographic and aesthetic quality. I have made a new suggestion. /Yvwv (talk) 19:05, 8 September 2017 (UTC)

Still looking for something more vivant; maybe with representative architecture? /Yvwv (talk) 19:10, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
I think that unlike Asia, we can focus on something more cultural? --Andrewssi2 (talk) 19:50, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
Second suggestion, a banner from Bukhara. /Yvwv (talk) 20:04, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
I don't like the cropping of the dome in that banner. The second picture is beautiful, but when I think of Central Asia, the first thing that I think of is "Steppes of Central Asia" and the second is indeed the blue-tiled mosques and tombs of Sufi saints in places like Bukhara and Samarkand. So far, I'm not satisfied but would certainly approve of swapping out the current banner for #2 right away. Ikan Kekek (talk) 20:45, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
Third candidate added. /Yvwv (talk) 20:52, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
Thanks a lot, but the mountains in Afghanistan picture still wins on beauty and photographic quality. Ikan Kekek (talk) 20:56, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
Regardless of the quality of the original picture or how well they are cropped, I think we have far too many snowy-mountains-from-a-distance banners for region guides. As with the distant skyline banner proposals for large cities around the world that are often strongly (and I think, rightly) opposed, these mountain banners are indistinguishable and don't really tell anything. And in this particular case, while having its fair share of them, Central Asia is not particularly known for its mountains nor is most of the region dominated by them.
So although their crops leave much to be desired, I think I liked the suggested banner #3 most, #2 coming a close second — isn't Central Asia all about lonely horseman on endless steppelands and blue domed Silk Road cities? Vidimian (talk) 23:14, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
Number 3 (the herdsman on the steppes) would win on character, absolutely. Maybe we should go with it, yeah. Ikan Kekek (talk) 23:21, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
Added a differently cropped version of banner 3, with the horizon a bit above center. /Yvwv (talk) 23:37, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
We could look for new banners to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, too. The current wide-angle photo of Registan in the Uzbekistan article looks like an opening shot from MTV Cribs; and would probably look better in the Samarkand article (which has a fuzzy banner now). /Yvwv (talk) 01:47, 9 September 2017 (UTC)

I agree that plain snowy mountains are not the way to go—they're generic and don't make me think "Central Asia". The horseman picture (3, 3b) does kind of remind me of a book I read that took place in Kyrgyzstan, though the picture isn't that interesting or exciting. I also like 2, which I gather is culturally representative—the crop doesn't bother me the way it seems to bother Ikan Kekek. And 4 is a nice picture, with horses and mountains. So my top choices are 2, 3b, and 4, in no particular order. —Granger (talk · contribs) 03:43, 9 September 2017 (UTC)

By the way, see other ongoing banner discussions: Talk:Rome, Talk:South Asia, Talk:Plains (India), Talk:Bangladesh, and Talk:Kashrut. /Yvwv (talk) 04:22, 9 September 2017 (UTC)
I really liked the domes at #5, but on a second thought, it looks more like Uzbekistan or the Silk Road than Central Asia.
I have added a third crop of the horseman of the steppes banner, taking the guy right in the centre (although its colours look less flashy than the previous suggestions of the same picture — any idea on how to fix that Yvwv?). Vidimian (talk) 12:35, 9 September 2017 (UTC)
I have added another proposal, a different take on the common regional culture (perhaps except Afghanistan, which is an outlier in the region anyway): a yurt (wp) camp in Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan. Vidimian (talk) 13:11, 9 September 2017 (UTC)
The Mongol Empire needs a new banner, as the previous banner violated copyright. /Yvwv (talk) 16:42, 9 September 2017 (UTC)
The colors of the horseman banner have been adjusted through a contrast filter. I use "Levels" on GIMP. /Yvwv (talk) 22:05, 9 September 2017 (UTC)
I like the composition of 3c. Since there's general agreement to avoid mountains, maybe we can go with that. Ikan Kekek (talk) 07:27, 11 September 2017 (UTC)
Inserted banner 3b as a preliminary choice. Would you rather prefer another? /Yvwv (talk) 14:24, 11 September 2017 (UTC)
I'm fine with that. Ikan Kekek (talk) 06:23, 12 September 2017 (UTC)

National Geographic article[edit]

5 Underrated Destinations in Central Asia Pashley (talk) 12:38, 20 September 2018 (UTC)