A landmark of Astana is considered to be "Baiterek" - the original architectural structure, located in the heart of the city. Its name in Kazakh means "a high poplar". The monument does look like a tree. It is a metal structure with a height of 105 meters, on the top of which is a huge spinning ball of unique glass, which changes color depending on the degree of illumination. Local residents believe this building is a symbol of renewal of Kazakhstan. Visit the Palace of peace and reconciliation - another miracle of Astana, which was designed by Englishman Norman foster. By the way, "Baiterek" is also his creation. This 62-meter pyramid made of glass, which stands on the hill. At its base is the magnificent Opera hall, the upper part of the pyramid are given under room confessions. There is also a Conservatory, a University, a hall for exhibitions and a Museum. It is noteworthy that within the Palace the elevators run diagonally, not up and down. Be sure to go to a large shopping center "Khan Shatyr". It is a tent of gigantic dimensions of the majestic dome of which dominates the capital at 150-meter height. Inside the tent there are shops, cinemas, restaurants, water Park. There is even a Playground for mini-Golf, monorail, and Botanical gardens. At the top level of the centre is occupied by a lagoon with white sand, which is specially delivered to Astana from the Maldives. At weekends there is a full house. The townspeople come to the center with their families and spend within its walls the whole day.There are in Astana and the aquarium. It is located in the entertainment center "Duman". There you can see the inhabitants of the seas: the dangerous piranhas, starfish, giant groupers and even sharks. This is a real piece of the sea in the middle of the desert. Always crowded sometimes and the ethnographic Park, where you can have a few hours to "bypass" the entire territory of Kazakhstan. All the charm of a Republic here would fit on the area of almost 2 hectares. Hills, mountains, lakes, forests and cities with their attractions, all in the Park shown on the map at a reduced size.One of the Central streets of the city there is a huge flying saucer, which, as expected, the UFO made from modern materials. This outer appearance has a circus building, in the arena which are the best circus performers of Kazakhstan.To be in Astana and not to go to local food service establishments is a crime. Definitely try the real lagman, Manty flavorful and hearty beshbarmak.
Advice 2 : Where to go in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan is a Republic situated in the centre of the Eurasian continent. The state is among the ten largest countries in the world. Kazakhstan also boasts a huge variety of natural resources-grasslands, forests, mountains, lakes, deserts. There are a lot of places you can go to relax alone, with family or friends.
If you prefer city tourism, visit one of the largest cities of Kazakhstan, such as Astana or Almaty. In both cities there is something to see and where to have a good time and historical monuments, modern architecture, shopping and entertainment centers and so on.
Who wants to soak up the warm beach sand, head for one of the Kazakhstan water bodies. For example, at Kapshagai reservoir. It is located near the city of Almaty. The most daring and desperate tourists are beginning to swim already in may and finish in September. The benefit of the warm climate of the local area allows it.
Another popular body of water is lake Balkhash. It lasted for three regions of the Republic – Almaty, Zhambyl and Karaganda. Here you can not only sunbathe and swim, but also to participate in competitions in rowing, or sport fishing.
You can not leave without attention and the area upland, located in the Akmola region. Beach season here is really short. But to have a good time you can not just sunbath on one of the lakes. You are waiting for interesting and informative tour of the Bohr ring, forest walks, mountain hikes and more. And in winter you can go skiing.
Addicted to exploring historical values? Go to one of the most ancient cities of Kazakhstan – Turkestan. There is a huge mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, the famous poet and philosopher. In addition, there are other monuments of historical and cultural heritage, which is worth a look.
Many in Kazakhstan and places to improve their health. For example, are sources of mineral mud on Alakol lake, on the border of Almaty and East Kazakhstan regions. The chemical composition of the water in the lake is akin to the Black and Dead seas.
These are just a few parts of Kazakhstan, where you can have a good rest and to correct health. And whichever route you would have not chosen for themselves, get a lot of impressions from the trip.