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 Peach Blossom Shangri-La 

 大家盡一點力來創造一個人間樂園 ∞ Let's all help to create a Shangri-La 

 

First paragraph of the Preface of a book titled "Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan":

"At the end of 1991, the collapse of the Soviet Union transformed the fifteen republics of that union into independent states with various capabilities for survival. Among them were the five republics of Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Until that time, Central Asia had received less attention from the outside world than most of the other Soviet republics, simply because it was the most remote part of the Soviet Union. Aside from their incidental coverage in the 1991 Soviet Union: A country Study, the Central Asian republics have received no treatment in this series. Since their independence, these republics have attracted considerable attention in the West, largely because of the improved opportunities for exploitation of their rich natural resources, notably oil and natural gas. As the fourth of the six-volume subseries covering the post-Soviet states, this volume brings new information about a region of enhanced relevance in the world's economy and geopolitical structure."

 

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan