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The Road Ahead: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Horgos Free Trade Zone

I’m preparing to go out to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and the Horgos FTZ to begin my next big project: a book about the New Silk Road.

I am set to leave for Kazakhstan tomorrow to begin doing the travel phase of research for my next book on the New Silk Road — the proposed trade routes from China to Europe that are currently being rolled out. I should be visiting Almaty in Kazakhstan, the Horgos free trade zone on the border with China, as well as Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. For Ghost Cities I knew I was in for an extremely deep and difficult project, but the scope of my focus was limited to a single country. For On the New Silk Road I’m looking at project that takes in an incredible swath of geography that includes the west of China, all of Central Asia, Pakistan, the Middle East (possibly), Russia, Turkey, the Netherlands . . .

It’s going to be fun.

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 83 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3212 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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