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Favorite thing: For all that it is a city of 3 million people, Tashkent has a lovely laid-back air. The bazaars are busy and bustling, and in the evenings Broadway is jumping (literally it can seem with the loud music the Uzbeks love) but there is shady street after street in the Russian part of the city, all but deserted of traffic much of the time and you can walk for miles through wooded parks hearing little more sound than the water playing in fountains. Chaikhanas make great places to stop and watch the world go by, for tourists and locals alike. Little boys splash around in the pool outside the Mustaqlilk Maydoni Metro and old men play chess under the trees near Temur's huge equestian statue in Amir Temur Square.

The park that runs from the Opera House Square, past TsUM and along towards Kosmonavtiar metro station is the place to come if browsing among books is one of your things - there's a book market set up there most days. If sitting back on cushioned couches and drinking tea is more your scene, check out the chaikhana in the middle of the park - with its individual airy pavilions and choice of comfy Western-style armchairs or traditional Uzbek takhtas, it's a great place to rest those sightseeing-sore feet.

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  • Updated Dec 3, 2009
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