Samarkand, Uzbekistan | The city is most noted for its central position on the Silk Road between China and the West, and for being an Islamic centre for scholarly study.
2. The modern Uzbek population represents varying degrees of diversity resulting from the high traffic invasion routes through Central Asia experienced numerous invasions coming out of Mongolia that drastically affects the region. Ethnic groups: Uzbek 80%, Russian 5.5%, Tajik 5%, Kazakh 3%, Karakalpak 2.5%, Tatar 1.5%, other 2.5%
Tashkent, Uzbekistan: Folk dancers in national costume perform during the festivities Photograph: Anvar Ilyasov/AP