Astana, Kazakhstan

Nice post. Loved the pictures. Informative.


ast-caspian-seaKazakhstan is a Central Asian country and a former Soviet republic. The borders of the country extend from the Caspian Sea in the west to the Altai Mountains at the east border with China and Russia.


The capital city is Astana along the Ishim River in the north of the country. The left bank is ultramodern with impressive architecture.


The city’s most extraordinary building is the Khan Shatyr, a 150m-high translucent structure that resembles a tent. It is made of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE), a heat-absorbing material that produces summer temperatures inside even though outside it is -30 degrees C. This is a “lifestyle center with world-class shopping”. The interiors has multi-levels and a food court.


Attractions here include a drop tower, flume ride and a 500m-long monorail. On the top level you’ll find the Sky Beach Club with a big swimming pool, sandy beach, palm trees and water slide…

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