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Mar/19

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Snow-white landscapes of Sor Tuzbair

Sor Tuzbair is a solonchak (salt marsh) located in the Mangystau region in the south-east of Kazakhstan. Almost the entire territory of this region is covered with saline and deserts, water sources are absent.

This is a picturesque area combining three colors: white – salt, limestone, clouds; blue – the sky; yellow-brown – the color of the soil, which emphasizes the whiteness of salt. Sor Tuzbair is a natural combination of deserts, hills and cliffs. People come here to explore the salt marsh and conquer rocky peaks. Sor Tuzbair on Google Maps. Photos by: Natalya Kozlovskaya.

Snow-white landscapes of Sor Tuzbair, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing kingdom of white

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Jan/19

1

Almaty – the view from above

Almaty is the largest city in Kazakhstan with a population of about 1.8 million people. From 1991 to 1997, it was the capital of the country. The city is located in an intermountain depression at the foot of the mountains of Zailiysky Alatau in the extreme south-east of the republic.

The following photos of Almaty were taken at different times of the day and the year from the foothills surrounding the city and Almaty skyscrapers. The author of the photos published on voxpopuli.kz is the famous Kazakhstan photographer Maxim Zolotukhin.

Almaty - the view from above, Kazakhstan, photo 1

fly over Almaty

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Dec/18

16

Pristine Beauty of the Dzungarian Alatau

The Dzungarian Alatau is a mountain range located in the northeast of the Almaty region of Kazakhstan, between the Ili River and Lake Alakol. The range extends from the west-southwest to east-northeast along the state border of Kazakhstan and China.

The length of the range is about 450 km, the width – 50-90 km. The main peaks of the Dzungarian Alatau rise above 4,000 m. The Dzungarian Alatau on Google Maps. Photos by: Grigory Bedenko.

Pristine Beauty of the Dzungarian Alatau, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful mountain scenery

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The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima located in the city of Karaganda is the largest Catholic cathedral in Kazakhstan. The height of the towers – 40 meters.

Cologne Cathedral in Germany was taken as the basis for the design of the cathedral in Karaganda. Construction continued from 2004 to 2012. Today, it is one of the most magnificent buildings in Karaganda. Karaganda Cathedral on Google Maps. Photos by: Evgeny Tkachenko.

The Largest Catholic Cathedral in Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful cathedral

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Aug/18

29

One Windy Day on the Singing Barkhan

The Singing Barkhan is a large sand dune located in the territory of the Altyn Emel National Park in the Almaty region, 182 km northeast of Almaty. The length of it is up to 3 km, the height – about 150 m.

This natural monument is famous for the fact that in dry weather its sands emit sounds similar to an organ melody. The Singing Barkhan looks especially picturesque on a windy day. The Singing Barkhan on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

One Windy Day on the Singing Barkhan, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing sandy landscape

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Kiin Kirish, an amazingly picturesque clay canyon, is a unique natural monument located 120 km southeast of the town of Kurshim in the East Kazakhstan region and covers an area of 300 hectares.

This place is also known as “The Town of Spirits”. Multicolored clays, eroded by water and wind, form vivid, bizarre landscapes here. The optimal time for a trip is 3-4 days. Kiin Kirish on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Silantjev.

Landscapes of Kiin Kirish Valley, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful monument of nature

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Gorelnik Gorge is one of the most picturesque and easily accessible places located in the mountains near Almaty. It is very suitable for one-day mountain hikes.

To get there you should go to the Medeu ice rink, then climb to the dam, and go about 1.5 km further along the road towards Shymbulak, turn right, and behind the hunter’s house there is an entrance into the gorge. Gorelnik Gorge on Google Maps. Photos by: Ilya Gornostayev.

Hiking in Gorelnik Gorge, Kazakhstan, photo 1

great place for hiking

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Jun/18

17

Sunken Forest of Lake Kaindy

Kaindy is a 400 meters long lake located among coniferous forests at an altitude of 1,667 meters above sea level in the Almaty region of Kazakhstan, 284 km east of Almaty, a popular tourist destination.

Despite the low water temperature, Kaindy is very popular with diving enthusiasts. The main attraction of the lake is the remains of the spruce forest rising straight out of the water. Lake Kaindy on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergio.

Sunken Forest of Lake Kaindy, Kazakhstan, photo 1

very picturesque lake

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Jun/18

9

Kolsay Lakes: a Paradise for Lovers

In the northern Tien Shan, a cascade of three lakes, under the general name of the Kolsay lakes, is situated. Mountain ridges border a wonderful picture. Three high-altitude lakes are called the pearl of Kazakhstan.

They were formed as a result of the landslide descent to the bottom of the gorge when a fast-moving mountain river stopped its running at the dams that suddenly appeared on its way. This is an amazing place. So, if you find the one among Asian girls, then you can visit Kolsay lakes with her or even make a proposal there.

The first (Lower) Kolsay Lake

This lake is located not very far from the former capital of Kazakhstan. Stretching for 1.5 km in length, it is clamped in a narrow gorge. The lake is surrounded by high firs. They seem to have been specially planted here to preserve this paradise. The water in the lake is absolutely transparent and reflects the sky. Photos by: Grigory Bedenko.

Lower Kolsay Lake, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful lakes

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May/18

14

Park of 28 Panfilovtsev in Almaty

Park of 28 Panfilovtsev is a city park with an area of 18 hectares located in Medeu district of Almaty. Founded in the 1870s, this park in a complex with surrounding buildings is one of the most picturesque city-planning ensembles of Almaty.

The park is a monument of history, architecture and landscape art and is included in the Almaty State Historical, Architectural and Memorial Reserve. Park of 28 Panfilovtsev on Google Maps. Photos by: Andrey Kirnov.

Park of 28 Panfilovtsev in Almaty, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful park in Almaty

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