Almaty is the largest city and the financial and cultural centre of Kazakhstan.
Almaty was the country's capital before, which is now Astana. But it remains the obvious gateway to visiting this region, as indeed it has been for over a thousand years, standing astride the Silk Road. Just south of the city, snow-capped mountains mark the border with Kyrgyzstan.
The city is modern, laid out on a grid pattern, so if you're going uphill, you're probably going south. It's not a cheap city, but the people are friendly and hospitable; there's also a significant ex-pat community.
Wink Travel Guides introduce you to the best world travel destinations, in a clear and concise way, illustrated by photos.Almaty (Kazakhstan) - Wink Travel Guide - eBook
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