hey there, I am traveling to Kyrgyzstan for three weeks this summer. Then after that I am trying to get to China and going along the Silk Road areas of Kashgar and then the Gansu Province before heading off to other parts of China to visit friends. 1. Anyone know a good place to stay in Bishkek for a few days while I get orientated? 2. Has anyone recently attempted to cross the Torugart pass or Irkeshtam Pass? I hear that the Torugart pass is hard to arrange (especially considering that I am going along) vs. the relativley easy Irkeshtam pass. 3. The purpose of my trip is a study of tourism. Can anyone suggest some tourism operations that are worth interviewing while I am around? Any help on these subjects would be awesome.