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Almaty - the City of Apple-tree
Almaty is located in the southeast of Kazakhstan. Its population is 1.5 million. Although it has lost the status of capital, Almaty remains the largest financial, economic and cultural center of Central Asia. It accommodates numerous business centers, theaters, museums, art galleries, exhibition halls and countless modern entertainment complexes (ultra modern movie theaters, casinos, nightclubs, parks, restaurants, cafes and ect.)
Almaty was the capital of Kazakhstan from 1929 to 1998. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Kazakhstan with a population of 1, 200, 000, situated in the foothills of the Zailisky Alatau Mountains.
In the medieval era it was the Almatu locality, in 1854 the Zailiiskoe fortress, and from 1921 to 1993, Alma-Ata. After the Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan of October 20, 1997 "On the declaration of Akmola the capital of the RK" Almaty recieved the status of city of National importance and became the southern capital of the country, the largest national financial, scientific and cultural center. The Residence of the Head of State and Government remains here. Branches of food and light industries dominate the economy of the city and produce over 70% of products of industrial enterprise. Some machine-building and mechanical factories represent the heavy industry of Almaty.
Residents and guests of the southern capital have at their disposal 5 stadiums, a hippodrome, and the high-altitude Medeo sport complex, featuring a unique ice skating rink located at 1700 m above sea level. This is where world records have been set many times by the world's top skaters. On weekends Medeo is a popular skating area for residents and guests of Almaty. Almaty Central Stadium accommodates 32, 000 people. Nearby is a venue for track and field athletes and a perfectly equipped winter swimming pool.
Mountainous areas the visiting card of Almaty. You can begin your acquaintance with them on a ride by cable car to the city's highest point, Kok-Tyube (Blue Hill), 1130 m above sea level. From here you can view a splendid panorama of the mountain ranges and the city. It is especially beautiful at night when Almaty is illuminated by glimmering lights...