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Alex asks: What times do most Kazakhs go to bed and wake up in the morning?
Expert's answer:
I can't provide any official statistics, but from experience most of people with traditional eight-hour work go to bed around 22-23 o'clock and wake up at 6-7 in the morning.
Anatoli Petkov asks: How similar are the Kazakh and Kyrgyz languages?
Expert's answer:
The Kazakh and Kyrgyz languages are very similar to each other, more than 90% of the basic words are common. The difference lies mainly in pronunciation. The pronunciation of the Kazakhs is softer, closer to the Russian, and the Kyrgyz pronounce the words more firmly. In addition, most of the phrases the Kyrgyz pronounce on exhalation.
Victor asks: I lived in Balkhash 40 years ago and went to school number 23. Is this school still there, if yes what street is it located on? I cannot see it on Google Maps.
Expert's answer:
I haven't found the school #23 in the lists of schools located in Balkhash today. Most probably it was closed years ago.
Michael asks: Expected salary for Commissioning Mechanical Engineer in Astana?
Expert's answer:
The average salary for this profession in Astana is about 150,000 Tenge or 500 USD per month.
libin asks: What about the literacy rate?
Expert's answer:
The literacy rate in Kazakhstan is more than 99%.
Kaisa asks: When is there a bus from Almaty to Urumqi On what days and at what time?
Expert's answer:
The bus from Almaty to Urumqi (China) runs every day except for weekends from Sairan bus station at 09:00 am local time, the trip takes about 24 hours, the price of a round-trip ticket is about 10,000 Tenge (31 USD). You can also fly from Almaty to Urumqi (the fastest way) or go by train (the slowest way).
Mara asks: What are the beauty standards for men and women in Kazakhstan. For example, I know in many parts of East Asia they prefer women with fair skin, big eyes, and cute or young features. Is this the case for kazahkstan aswell?
Expert's answer:
Women in Kazakhstan are at the crossroads: on the one hand, imitation of puppet trends of Southeast Asia, and on the other hand, such a cosmetic procedure as europeanization of the eyelids and cheekbones is one of the most popular. So the local standard of beauty is a kind of mix of these two trends. The following video 100 Years of Beauty - Kazakhstan will probably be helpful too.
Riad asks: How can I get from Paris to Aksai, I know there is no direct flight. Do I have to stopover in Moscow. Is there any flight from Moscow to Aksai. Thanks
Expert's answer:
Yes, you have to go to Moscow at first. From Moscow there are no direct flights to Aksai, Kazakhstan but there is a direct train named "Kazakhstan", running from Moscow to Almaty and passing Aksai on its way. The trip takes 30+ hours so you can choose another option: fly from Moscow to Uralsk, Kazakhstan (2 hours) and from Uralsk go by train to Aksai (2-3 hours). You can use this service to translate sites from Russian if necessary.
Jansaya asks: What is the meaning of Jansaya?
Expert's answer:
"Jan" in the Kazakh language means breath, soul, life and is used in the form of endearment. "Saya" means a shadow in the context of protection, patronage.
Bob Dalton asks: Does a British tourist to Kazahkstan need a visa?
Expert's answer:
According to the site of the embassy of Kazakhstan in the UK, citizens of the United Kingdom are exempt from visa requirements for visits up to 15 calendar days from the moment of crossing the state border between July 16, 2015 to December 31, 2017.

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