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Sep/13

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Hiking in Dzhungar Alatau, Part 2

The second part of beautiful landscapes of Dzhungar Alatau region located in Almaty oblast. Photos by Konstantin Pastbin

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more beautiful landscapes

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Sep/13

8

Hiking in Dzhungar Alatau, Part 1

Dzhungar Alatau is a mountainous system located in the south-eastern part of Kazakhstan, stretching from the west – southwest to the east – northeast for almost 400 kilometers along the border with China.

It is a beautiful region of several geographical landscapes. It should be noted that these places are close enough to Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, and at the same time are rarely visited by tourists. Photos by Konstantin Pastbin

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explore the mountainous landscapes

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Aug/13

30

Beautiful Interiors of Almaty Subway

Subway in Almaty is the first subway in Kazakhstan, the second in Central Asia (after Tashkent subway) and sixteenth in the former Soviet Union countries. Subway has modern trains; interiors of the stations are made in national style.

July 9, 2013 (after 1 year and 8 months after opening), Almaty subway met the 10-millionth passenger. It is open daily, from 06:30 to 23:30. Currently, there is one line with seven stations. Photos by Dmitry Chistoprudov

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Let’s go down in Almaty subway

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The territory in the south-eastern part of Kazakhstan from ancient times is called Zhetisu, which means in Kazakh “seven rivers”. The reason for that is the large number of rivers flowing down the slopes of the Tien Shan and Dzhungar Alatau Mountains.

A lot of historical sites along with beautiful nature make this region a paradise for tourists. In this land first state formation of Kazakhs (Kazakh Khanate) originated.

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fly over the southeastern Kazakhstan

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Jul/13

22

Astana – a City Built in the Steppe

In 1997, the capital of Kazakhstan was moved to Astana from Almaty to take advantage of Astana more favorable location as it is closer to Russia and the risk of earthquake is much less.

Nowadays, the city is becoming a new cosmopolitan western-style city with skyscrapers and offices of intercontinental oil corporations.

Famous Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa worked on the master plan of the city. Many of the buildings were designed by famous architect Norman Foster. Photos by Petr Ushanov

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enjoy the modern architecture of Astana

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Jul/13

6

Beautiful Nature of Western Kazakhstan

Mangystau region is the province in the south-western Kazakhstan, located to the east of the Caspian Sea on the plateau Mangyshla (Mangystau). It is an industrial region – 25% of Kazakhstan oil is extracted in the area (about 20 million tons).

The region is a country of ancient civilization, archaeological reserve in the open air. The peninsula is famous for interesting landscape diversity. Photos by Constantine Kikvidze

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enjoy the beautiful scenery

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Jun/13

4

Flaming shores of Zaysan Lake

Zaysan is a lake located in the East Kazakhstan region of the country, in the open high and flat valley between mountain ranges. The Chinese border is just 60 km from the eastern shore of the lake.

The lake is located at an altitude of 420 m, the length of the lake is 105 km, the width – 22-48 km, maximum depth – 15 m. Zaysan Lake on Google Maps. Photos by Ilia Afanasieff

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May/13

13

Nice time-lapse about East Kazakhstan region

The following nice time-lapse video about East Kazakhstan region and its capital city Ust-Kamenogorsk was made by Andrey Okhotenko. This region is located in the eastern part of Kazakhstan and borders on Russia and China.

More than 40% of all water resources of the country is concentrated here. It is a unique region from natural point of view because it has steppe, desert and mountain-taiga landscapes on its territory.

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If you decide to travel by car and your route runs along the south of Kazakhstan, I recommend you to visit the following unique Kazakhstan monument of rock art – Tamgaly.

Petroglyphs (rock carvings) of the archaeological landscape Tamgaly are one of the oldest and most striking monuments of Semirechye (Seven Rivers) rock art, since 2004 it has the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Apr/13

25

Big Almaty Lake and surroundings

Big Almaty Lake is a beautiful turquoise lake located about 15 km south of Almaty, at the height of 2510 meters. The lake is not only pleasing the eyes of tourists and residents of Almaty, but also gives the city clean water from the glaciers of the Tien Shan.

The lake appeared as a result of an earthquake. Big Almaty Lake has unusual for most lakes color that varies from light green to turquoise. The depth is about 40 meters, the length – 1.5 km, the width – 1 km. It is the part of the Ile-Alatau National Park. Big Almaty Lake location on Google Maps. Photos by Andrey Gavrikov

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