A crumbling wall in Turkistan’s new flagship construction project reveals the faults of fast-paced development in Kazakhstan’s holiest city.
Twenty-three years ago in February, then Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a state program into existence to revive the historical centers of the Silk Road, preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Turkic-speaking states, and build tourism infrastructure around the places once passed by the Great Silk Road. Twenty-three years on, the goal still remains relevant for Kazakhstan both for economic and cultural purposes, as the country celebrates the 30th anniversary of its independence this year.
The size of Western Europe, but with scarcely a person in sight, the extensive wildernesses and cultural sites of Kazakhstan demand thorough exploration.
The size of Western Europe, but with scarcely a person in sight, the extensive wildernesses and quirky cultural sites of Kazakhstan demand thorough exploration.
Kazakhstan, a former Soviet Republic, is a vast and rarely explored expanse on the map, south of Russia and to the west of China. Many of us have only even heard of the country thanks to Borat, but the view that film created was incomplete and highly controversial. There’s far more to Kazakhstan than you might expect.
The southeast of Kazakhstan is the country’s tourism sweet spot, with the Altyn Emel National Park, Charyn Canyon, Shymbulak, and Kaindy Lake all surrounding the former capital of Almaty.
Steppes, lakes, mountains, the ancient Silk Route, Timurid Empire sites, and rock carvings are all part of the heritage of the nation of Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan, officially known as the Republic of Kazakhstan, is the largest landlocked country in the world situated in eastern part of Europe and Central Asia. It covers an area of approximately 1.1 million square miles making it the ninth largest country in the world with a population of 18 million. Kazakhstan is endowed with a number of cultural and natural wonders which, over the years, have been designated by the UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. The list of such sites is provided below:
UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Kazakhstan
Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor Of The Silk Road Routes
The Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor is approximately 3106 miles long and spans through three countries China, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.