The South Heart Of Turkestan

The South Heart Of Turkestan

Tourists believe that Turkestan is a Kazakh Mecca. Most of them manage to see just the hotel they stay in and the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi. This trip to Turkestan will be different because we will skip the legendary burial vaults but visit the heart of the city which is its central market.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

It is better to photograph the market in summer when it is full of melons and watermelons, smelly sweet pepper and dried apricots, with lively locals saving themselves from heat with koumiss.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

The market in winter is a combination is slush, ice and freezing air. But no one will ever say anything bad about it because it is the market which lets these people provide for their families.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

Turkestan with a population of about 250 thousand people, has just 13 working industrial enterprises. They say their main enterprise is their market. It is a place where the city’s economy is concentrated. Over half the population of Turkestan is able to survive only due to the market.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

Alexander lives close to the market. He was a mountaineer who used to travel a lot. In the 80s, he damaged his backbone so now he has to beg.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

The South Heart Of Turkestan

A 200-tenge bond (which is equivalent to $1.35) is the most demanded at the market.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

You can have your shoes repaired for this money. In winter, these men work from 8 a.m. to make about 1,200 tenges ($8.10) a day.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

You can also have your hair cut for 200 tenges.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

Men and women have their hair cut in different buildings.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

They don’t sell licensed disks, washing powder, shampoo and other detergents here. All of it is counterfeit and is produced in the buildings nearby.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

Soft heelless boots and rubbers are the most popular kind of shoes here in Turkestan.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

They sell rubbers for about 200 tenges.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

The South Heart Of Turkestan

On Sundays, you will find a lot of children working at the market. This six-grader works here until midday to be replaced with his older brother.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

This couple sells dried melon they bring from a neighboring village. They make up to 2,000 tenges ($13.50) daily, while 300 tenges ($2.02) of what they make goes for rent.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

These ladies sell fresh homemade food.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

One serving of homemade sausage costs 150 tenges ($1.01).

The South Heart Of Turkestan

You can also have a cup of tea with milk here.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

The South Heart Of Turkestan

“Glass cutting”.

These wash basins are made by people from Uzbekistan working in local shops.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

They also make kitchen utensils, furniture, brooms and flat cakes. Local people made up a joke about them. It runs that if you pay a worker from Uzbekistan enough, he will manufacture anything for you, including a rocket.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

Turkestan is a place where national costumes are first of all clothes but not souvenirs.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

The South Heart Of Turkestan

This kerchief is super warm.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

This is one of the most difficult kinds of work which brings the worker up to 3,000 tenges ($20.25) daily.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

“Cellphone lamination”.

Lamination is a very popular source of income for local young people. They charge about 200 tenges ($1.35) for this service.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

It is also very popular among people to have their cellphone laminated. Why? Nobody knows.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

This man used to work for a construction company. After it became a bankrupt, he had to return to Turkestan to sell chests.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

He is the only male selling cradles at the market.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

Those are taxi drivers playing a game.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

On this street, you can buy coal and wood.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

They have no central heating system in Turkestan but use stoves instead.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

The South Heart Of Turkestan

Selling hot tea to workers is a business too.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

A local housewife.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

In winter, the market closes earlier than usual, at 4 p.m.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

It is not only its mausoleum which is surrounded by walls. It is the entire city which looks like one wall due to the arrangement of its houses.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

In their backyards, people hide from summer heat.

The South Heart Of Turkestan

It’s very hot in summer here in Turkestan. Temperatures reach 45 degrees Celsius!

The South Heart Of Turkestan

This elderly lady is going home where she will have some tea from her samovar and get down to playing with her grandchildren and taking care of them. Tomorrow, she just like the majority of the people living here will go to work at the market again.

Location: Turkestan

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4 thoughts on “The South Heart Of Turkestan”

  1. I did not see a single hottie in all these pictures. Where did all these people come from? I thought the mongols wiped them all out.

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  2. they gave up communism and are free to live as they want.But russians are still not free even after fall of communism.In fact russia resembles tsarist russia than democratic russia

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