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Oct/13

19

Autumn in the Mountains of East Kazakhstan

These wonderful autumn photos were taken in the mountainous part of the East Kazakhstan region – the western part of the mountain range of the South Altai.

Up to a height of 1400-1500 meters you can see steppe landscapes; larch forests reach a height of 2100-2200 meters; in the highlands – subalpine and alpine meadows. Also, there are more than 180 glaciers. Photos by Grigoriy Bedenko for voxpopuli.kz

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fairy tale pictures

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Charyn Canyon is a canyon along the Charyn River located about 200 km east of Almaty, close to the border with China. It is the part of the Charyn National Park.

This canyon is a natural monument composed of sedimentary rocks that are about 12 million years old. The height of the steep canyon walls is about 150-300 meters. Most interesting place for tourists is the so-called Castle Valley. Photos by Dmitry Chistoprudov

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picturesque mountainous landscapes

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Borovoe (Burabai on Kazakh language) is a year-round climatic resort opened in Akmola region in 1910. The resort is situated 250 km north of Astana. This beautiful place attracts a lot of locals and tourists.

The resort is located at an altitude of about 480 meters, in a pine forest. Burabai is called “the pearl of Kazakhstan” and “Kazakhstan’s Switzerland”. Borovoe location on Google Maps. Photos by Petr Ushanov

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more picturesque landscapes

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Sep/13

16

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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Karaganda regional mosque is one of the largest mosques in Kazakhstan. Its capacity is 4000 people. The mosque is located in ethnic park named “The 10th Anniversary of Independence.”

The opening of the mosque took place November 20, 2011. It is the largest place of worship in central Kazakhstan, the height of the four minarets is 51 meters.

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Let’s take a look inside the mosque

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Aug/13

7

One of the Largest Coal Mines in Kazakhstan

The main source of economic growth in Kazakhstan is the extraction of various natural resources, including coal. Coal mine “Molodezhny” located near Karaganda is among the largest coal producers of the country.

Annual production is about 7 million tons of coal a year. BelAZ trucks (capacity up to 130 tons) are used to transport coal. 1,150 people are working here; the average wage is about $ 300 a month. Coal mine “Molodezhny” location on Google Maps. Photos by Vadim Makhorov

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How coal is mined in Kazakhstan

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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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