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Batken city is the center of the oblast and rayon of the same name. The town of Batken obtained its city status when it was designated the administrative center of the oblast in year 2000.

The city is well known for its Batken apricots, for their taste is well known both in the republic and beyond.

Another great marvel of Batken is the Aygul flower, its scientific name being hazel-hen-eduardo. The flower is peculiar in that it only grows in the shade in the mountain areas. Aygul, the mountain flower - grows to one meter in height, it has long green leaves growing all along the stem, has reddish yellow petals and it looks similar in shape to a bluebell. Aygul blooms in April and for generations each April, people have celebrated this with a Flower Holiday.

Unlike the other cities of Kyrgyzstan , Batken is relatively close to five thousand meter high mountains. These mountains known as piatitisiachniki, makes Batken very attractive to mountaineers.

There is a complex of monuments in the city: one is dedicated to the Kyrgyz epic Manas heroes and a replica of the monument of Manas in Bishkek city - the capital of Kyrgyz Republic .


The town of Batken was established in April 1934 as the center of the rayon of the same name. In 1999 the Batken oblast was created, with Batken city as its administrative center. In 2000 Batken was granted the status of a city under rayon jurisdiction.

Batken city is located in the oblast center. In the North it borders on Kara-Baksky ayil okmotu, in the East - on Darinsky ayil okmotu and in the West - on Samarkandsky ayil okmotu.

The climatic conditions and administrative and territorial structure of the city:

The city is situated at a height of 1036 meters above sea level. The summer is hot and dry here and the winter is relatively cold. The duration of winter period is about 100 days.

The city relief is as follows: a mountain plain (an irrigated area), a mountain ridge area (non-irrigated farming and spring-autumn pasture area), a low mountain area and the mountains (local pasture areas).

The total area of the city is 5180 hectares. The city owned territory (excluding household land plots) is 1143 hectares. The city agricultural lands make up an area of 4037 hectares, including 1106 hectares of farmland, 918 hectares of which is irrigated; FPU land amount to 393 hectares, including 316 hectares of irrigated land; part-time farm land of 27 hectares (irrigated); urban dwellers'' household plots of 111 hectares (irrigated) and there are 2400 hectares of pastureland.

In terms of administrative and territorial organization, the city is divided into six districts the Airport Bazaar- Bashy, Bulak-Bashy, Kelechek, Kyzyl-Don and Kyzyl-Jol.

Population and its composition;

The population of the city has representatives of 14 nationalities. The overwhelming majority of the city population is Kyrgyz - about 99.5% of the total.

As of January 1, 2004 the total population was 23,335. The city population ethnicity composition is as follows: Kyrgyz - 23,214, Uzbeks - 23, Russians - 12, Ukrainians - 9, Tartars - 29, Turks - 13, Tajiks - 21, other nationalities.

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Uzgen (Ozgen) - Some 55 kilometers north-east of Osh with a predominantly Uzbek population and this region was the scene in 1990 of ethnic conflict between elements in the local Kyrgyz and Uzbek communities in which there was a large loss of life. There are many claims made the city, that: it has ...

Osh is an ancient city in the Fergana Valley of southern Kyrgyzstan, allegedly 3,000 years old. It has an ethnically mixed population of about 220,000 (in 2003), comprising Kyrgyz, Uzbeks and Tajiks. Serious ethnic clashes occurred here and in nearby Uzgen in 1990.Osh is the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan ...

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