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This booming city was founded in 1854 as a Russian frontier fort when the Kazaks were still nomads and was capital of Kazakhstan until late 1997. Almaty has become a honeypot to Kazakhstanis and a mixed bunch of foreign traders, diplomats and financiers jockeying for position in the race to carve up Kazakhstan's mineral resources. Sudden exposure to the outside world turned this provincial outpost into Central Asia's most cosmopolitan city with shops, restaurants, hotels and casinos that would make the place unrecognisable to anyone who had been away since 1990.


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Wow! Im going to be honest...as an American I come ignorant (its our default setting) I had no idea this country was so beautiful let alone has such a nice city. This is why I joined this site. I want to have my eyes opened and I definiatly did today. Great thread!
 

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Nice I thought Almaty had nothing and Astana was where the bulk of the attacrtions were. I wonder what the resorts look like? Or Kazkhastan does not have resorts along the caspian sea?
 

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hey hey hey! Where's BORAT??? hehe jk

Almaty is nice. As expected, Kazakhstan is reaping the riches of its natural resources. It's the most prosperous amongst the Central Asian ex-soviet states.

I think in the future, Kazakhstan will be a wealthy getaway for Asians, mostly Chinese and Russian tourists. Its nice to see the mix of people there, mostly Russians and Kazakhs. You see a blend of Euro and Asiatic features.
 

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hey hey hey! Where's BORAT??? hehe jk

Almaty is nice. As expected, Kazakhstan is reaping the riches of its natural resources. It's the most prosperous amongst the Central Asian ex-soviet states.

I think in the future, Kazakhstan will be a wealthy getaway for Asians, mostly Chinese and Russian tourists. Its nice to see the mix of people there, mostly Russians and Kazakhs. You see a blend of Euro and Asiatic features.
 
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