Only White Cars Are Allowed In This City



If you don't know anything about Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, you’re not alone. It’s the capital of one of the least visited countries in the world, with less than 10,000 foreign tourists a year. It’s not that the country doesn’t have anything to offer, but the visa is one of the most difficult in the world to obtain. In fact, Turkmenistan is considered the most isolated country in the world, with very little western influence. There are no big billboards, no Starbucks, no KFC, and no McDonald’s — only small, locally owned businesses. Ashgabat is also the cleanest city in the world, with buildings almost completely built out of white marble with sparkling gold. To make things even stranger, most of the cars are also white. In fact, all cars that are not white are forbidden from the streets. Non-white vehicles are taken from the owners as hostages and there is governmental demand to paint all cars white, no matter what. Dirty vehicles are also not allowed into the capital, so the only place you will see lines of cars are at the city border where there are dozens of car washes.