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Uzbeks - the people for thousand of years lived between the desert and mountains, are one of the most ancient peoples of Central Asia. It is impossible to describe an Uzbek face: Eyes a bit slanted..no, round; Fair skin ..no, café-au-lait colored..no swarthy. Their features and skin color are extremely varied because they are such an ancient collection of people from all over the Old World. People who came here to trade on the Great Silk Road, or skilled laborers, academics, scientists and artists who were brought here force to do the bidding of an emir. Turks, Arabs, Greeks, Tajiks, Eastern Asians, Persians, so many ethnicities can be seen here.

At the heart of Uzbek culture is its wonderful hospitality, renowned for centuries. From the days when Uzbekistan stood at the crossroads of the Great Silk Road, its grand cities hosted thousands of road-weary tradesmen who sought refuge from the desert and the perils of the open road. These caravans would stay for days at a time, enjoying the gracious generosity that has remained a living tradition to the present day. The Silk Road is alive and well here, long after the caravans have gone and it continues to leave its mark on the faces of the people

This is just a shot of ordinary street people, a young vendor from the ancient city of Shakhrisabz. The skull cap is a very traditional hat, still worn by many people not only by men but also by women, off course men and women ware a diff designs and colours.

And these beautiful smiles were not be the last ones I encountered here....

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