Kazakhstan Things to Do

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Kazakhstan Things to Do

  • The Alma-Ata Tower

    Located southeast of downtown Almaty on the slopes of Kok Tobe, an outlying foothill of the Tien Shan Mountains, the Alma-Ata Tower (best seen by enlarging the picture) is a telecommunications tower that can be seen from throughout the city. The tower was built by the Soviets between 1975 and 1983. It was designed by the architectural firm of...

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  • Chimbulak

    You can go skiing in the winter but we just took the ride up on the ski lift. The town in preparing for 2011 winter games so it was under construction, dusty and dirty in early September 2010.

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  • The 28 Panfilov Heroes Memorial Park

    I had a chance to visit The 28 Panfilov Heroes Memorial Park. It's in the city of Almaty so getting there is easy. There is a large monument which is the 1st picture I posted with this tip. I was surprised to see many wedding parties there taking picture/video and also dropping off flowers in front of the eternal flame in front of the monument....

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  • Kok Tube

    Kok Tube is a mountain near the downtown Almaty. It's quite peaceful up there. One side of the mountain is just green hills while the other side is view of the city of Almaty.Once our car got up to a small parking lot, we got off and got onto different mini buses which took us to Kok Tube. I was told the souvenir shops here were cheaper than other...

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  • Hiking in Aksu-Jabagly Nature Reserve

    I spent two delightful days hiking in the Aksu-Jabagly Nature Reserve near Shymkent. My visit was arranged by Svetlana Baskakova, who is Director of the NGO “Wild Nature. Ms. Baskakova met me at the train station in Tulkubas in the early morning after an overnight trip from Almaty. (The train is an antique no doubt dating to the Sovier era, but my...

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  • Visit the Museums

    Whilst the Museum of Traditional Instruments is the most attractive museum in Almaty, it is by no means the only one worth visiting.The Central State Museum is a huge, gloomy building just off Republic Square. There is quite a lot of interesting stuff here with exhibits dating from prehistoric times through to the modern era of independence. There...

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  • Republic Square

    All the capital cities of the old Soviet Union staged huge parades in a massive square watched by the Party leaders and their apparachiks from a central podium. Almaty was no exception but now the square is named for the Republic (Respublika Algany) and, although the podium is still there, the monuments that adorn the space celebrate Kazakh...

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  • The Green Market

    Zelyony Bazaar (aka the Green Market) is the main market in Almaty. Mountains of fresh fruit and vegetables lovingly arranged in pyramids of different colour - try the white apricots if you are there in early summer, they are delicious; dried fruits and nuts in abundence; caviar; Korean salads of every combination of vegetable you can think of;...

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  • Almaty's playground

    Surrounded as it is by mountains, it's only a short drive to one of the city's favourite recreation areas - Medeo. Whether you come in the summer for the cafes, the walks and the fresh mountain air, or in the winter to skate on the huge ice rink (open on weekends to the public), it will only take you half an hour to get here.aT 1700m, Medeo is...

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  • The view from the top

    A cable car ride up to the top of Koktyube -one of the hills hill overlooking Almaty is a pleasant outing. At the top you'll find several outdoor restaurants where you can get a snack or a drink while you decide whether to take the ride down or walk. The view all around is lovely, it confirms the impression you will already have of just what a...

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  • Celestial domes

    The gold-starred blue onion domes, turquoise blue walls and white wooden fretwork of St Nicholas's Cathedral (Nikolski Sobar) reflect the charm of the interior. The church is a remnant of Old Russia - much loved and used by the babushkas who have remained in the city as many young Slavic people have left.Although the church was used as stables for...

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  • Gingerbread church

    The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Ascension - known to everyone as the Zenkhov Cathedral after the architect who designed it - is one of the few buildings in Almaty to have survived the massive earthquake of 1910. Built entirely of wood in 1904 (it's claimed even the nails holding it together are all wooden)and painted in a magnificent...

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  • Traditional music

    The Museum of Kazakh Instruments is well worth a visit. The building itself is charming -a quirky wooden structure with a pagoda-like roof, it was designed by the same architect who designed the Cathedral - Andrei Zenkhov, who obviously had a great affinity for working with wood.Inside the rooms are well laid out and labelled with displays of...

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  • The saviours of Moscow

    A huge bronze sculpture, known as the Glory Memorial, brutally heroic in scale, is the memorial to the 28 Kazakh soldiers who, it is said, fought off 50 Nazi tanks in 1941 and so saved Moscow from the Nazis.Their commander was General Panfilov for whom the park where the memorial now stands is named.An eternal flame burns at the base of the...

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  • The Ramstore is a must!

    If you're in Almaty and are in need of some western-type foods or products make sure to visit the Ramstore (Pamctop). They have most everything that a western grocer would.

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  • Skiing station...

    it's the most outstanding place here. People coming back again and again to ski- Everybody- from begginers to professionalsIn 2013 there will be Olympic Games here!!!!!Well, though we gotta wait for 7 years...

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  • Celestial Views

    Observatory - Near "Big Almaty Lake"Unbeknownst to the majority of people is Almaty's observatory, set on a bluff overlooking the twinkling emerald Big Almaty Lake. Set at an impressive 3,000m, this is the 4th highest observatory in the world. With a bit of digging, its possible to get there (it has its own bus), and for $20 you will be provided...

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  • Almaty

    Almaty means "father of apples". The city was buit in 1854 as a Russian fortress called Verniy. It is still a very Russian city. Even though the capital of Kazakhstan has been recently transferred to unwelcome northern city of Astana, Almaty remains social, cultural and business center of the country.

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  • They were purged and executed...

    They were purged and executed when Soviet power became complete in the mid 20's. Then, the remaining nomad Kazaks were forced into collective farms. Hundreds of thousands of them resisted, killed their herds and died of famine and disease.

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  • AlmatyThe Zenkov Cathedral,...

    AlmatyThe Zenkov Cathedral, completely built of wood in 1904 was used as a concert hall in soviet times and returned to the Russian Orthodox Church in 1995.

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  • People

    The religious and cultural differences between the two communities are significant and there is no common national perception or identity. More than a million of the better educated slav have left. Nazarbaiev rules with an iron hand, in 1995 he won a referendum extending his tenure until 2001. The economy has been largely privatized but it is now...

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  • Park and Lake

    A walk at the park made me feel so peaceful and quiet down journey in the city. Of course a nap in the part would be better to reflash you as well.

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  • Park

    Nothing much could do in the city because I can not speak the language, a walk in the part and chit chat with the youngster and having fun with the kids.

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  • When the former Soviet Union...

    When the former Soviet Union fell apart, Moscow found itself with its largest cosmodrome in a foreign country. The cosmodrome is indeed large: it’s spread across 7360 square km. The name Baikonur is misleading. In fact, the cosmodrome is located near the village of Tyuratam and the city of Leninsk, about 380 km southwest of the old city of...

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  • Mountains

    That's were you absolutely should go. Take even a day trip from any town, and the reward of seeing the snowy peaks of Tian'-Shan' will be yours for some hours of trekking.

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  • Those who like instrumental...

    Those who like instrumental concerts,opera & balet will enjoy visiting The opera & balet house of Abay.The perfomances there are on the really high level.

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  • Those who is fond of art can...

    Those who is fond of art can enjoy the variety of exhbitions, museums. There's a big national museum of Kosteev. During the World War 2nd lots of masterpieces of russian fine art from Moscow & St. Petersburg were brought here for safety & most of them you can see in this museum.There's also a huge National Historical museum where you can see the...

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  • Visit the orthodoxal Cathedral...

    Visit the orthodoxal Cathedral It's very beautiful inside,there you can see the saint golden ikons.This building is made without a one nail & it's among very few buildings which survived after the earthquake about 70 years ago.Locals consider it to be a real saint place.Women are not allowed to come in with uncovered head.

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  • This is the central street in...

    This is the central street in Zhambyl where most of the government buildings are located. The city is the capital of the Zhambyl region.

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  • You know, in our country in...

    You know, in our country in ancient times was very popular to hunt with a falkon.In our time that tradition remained!!!!!So lot of travelers and ordinary citizens of my country are going to the falconry. The most popular falcon in our country is falcon - balopan. But now it's ward to found that bird in the world of wild nature. So this kind of burd...

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  • High in the mountains is the...

    High in the mountains is the Almaty's neighbourhood you could find the BIG ALMATY LAKE. The length of ot i 1.6km and the width is from 0,75km to 1km. The water is very cold and clean.

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  • And this is one of pleaces of...

    And this is one of pleaces of interst. It is one of the world's biggest mountain skating rink 'MEDEO'. It is situated in the tract 'Medeo' in the hight 1691m above sea level.It was constract in 1972. Before that time it was naturral skating rink :)))))).The area of the rink is 10.5 thousand square meters.In winter people like to skate there and in...

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  • In the cenrte of the New...

    In the cenrte of the New square in Almaty situated memorial, dedicated to 'independance' of the country.There you could find the print of someone hand and if it will coincide with your hand, your could make a wish .....hope that it will fullfilled:)))))

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  • RAMSTORE is one of the biggest...

    RAMSTORE is one of the biggest shopping centres in Almaty.If you whant to buy something you could do it here

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  • This is the memorial which...

    This is the memorial which devoted to 28 Phanfilovchev. It is the herous of the USSR....they are all defendid our nativ land during World War too.Neat this memorial burns eternal flame

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  • And this is the picture of...

    And this is the picture of Almatie's circus. Here you could find a lot of clouns and different traning animals: dogs, cats, bears, tigers and so on

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  • In our country situated...

    In our country situated cosmodrome Baiconur. Here started spaceships with astronauts from different countries

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  • And the great structure of the...

    And the great structure of the city is Hodja Ahmet Yasavi mausoleum. For this reason the city sometime named the second Messa.......

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  • In the west of the country...

    In the west of the country situated one of the oldest cities (1500years)in the country and i think all over the world. It named Turkestan.It is one of places of interest in KazakhstanHere you could see some photos of Turkestan

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  • Here you could see the water...

    Here you could see the water of Kaspian sea. Realy, it is not a real sea, it's a just a great lake. But it named sea.

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  • My precious wife! The status...

    My precious wife! The status simble of golden or silver teeth is really something to see, it adds a robocop feel to all of Central Asia. Be sure and see the statue of the golden man, found in Khazakhstan, it is from the bronze age. Some of the villages in the south east are still Uighar. The Uighars have gone in and out of rule in this area...

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  • Pamctop - A big shopping mall...

    Pamctop - A big shopping mall with supermarket and fashion shops and also and indoor ice-skiing place!

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  • Medeu - The world's famous...

    Medeu - The world's famous high altitude skating rinkOutdoor world competitions in speed skating, Russian hockey, figure skating...

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  • Republic Square

    You can see the TALL Monument of Independence which is topped by the figure of a warrior with a running Leopard nearby

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  • Koktyube(=green peak)- take...

    Koktyube(=green peak)- take the cable car up to this small hillYou could see clearly the beautiful central Almaty! Just sit down in open cafe and relax...

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