Bishkek, Kyrgystan

About This City:

Bishkek is situated at about 800 metres (2,600 ft) altitude just off the northern fringe of the Kyrgyz Ala-Too range, an extension of the Tian Shan mountain range, which rises up to 4,855 metres (15,928 ft) and provides a spectacular backdrop to the city. North of the city, a fertile and gently undulating steppe extends far north into neighbouring Kazakhstan. The Chui River drains most of the area. Bishkek is connected to the Turkestan-Siberia Railway by a spur line. Bishkek is a city of wide boulevards and marble-faced public buildings combined with numerous Soviet-style apartment blocks surrounding interior courtyards and, especially outside the city centre, thousands of smaller privately built houses. It is laid out on a grid pattern, with most streets flanked on both sides by narrow irrigation channels that water the innumerable trees which provide shade in the hot summers. 

Bishkek Committee Chair Statement

This is an exciting time for the relationship we have with Bishkek through the Colorado Springs Sister Cities International program. Bishkek is an historical and cultural treasure situated at the base of the Tian Shan Range in Central Asia. Our partnership with Bishkek is strong and our future relationship is an exciting one. Bishkek has strong international sports and tourist sectors similar to Colorado Springs. Through cultural understanding and sharing, our future ties with this great city will improve and expand.