|Loaf of white bread
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre
|Mid range bottle of wine
|Pack of cigarettes
|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre
|Combo meal at McDonalds
|Local draught beer
|Water bottle (0.33 liter)
|Monthly Pass (local transport)
Kazakhstan is the biggest nation in Central Asia, and Almaty is its biggest city. Cheap flights to Almaty are common. The city’s name literally means apple because the greater area has been described as the origin of the fruit’s cultivation. The city was also once part of the great and ancient Silk Road that threaded Europe and China together through unprecedented commerce and trade. Found in the mountainous part of southern Kazakhstan, by the borders of Kyrgyzstan, Almaty today has remained as a major hub of culture and commerce, as well as one of the most populous metropolises in the region.
The amazingly panoramic Tien Shan Mountains loom above Almaty. These stately peaks offer skiing, privileged views of the region’s rare wildlife such as the snow leopard, and lots and lots of hiking trails. The city is also famous for its mineral spas whose waters flow from Central Asia’s countless mountain gorges. There are organized tours in the city that visit places of interest like the majestic Russian Orthodox Zenkov Cathedral found in the expansive Panfilov Park, the very interesting Museum of Musical Instruments, Medeo, which is described as the biggest speed skating rink in the whole world, and the world-famous ski resort in Chymbulak. Almaty is also proud of its countless parks, 125 amazing fountains, and expanses of shopping areas.
There are several hotels in Almaty. The Hotel Kazakhstan and the Holiday Inn are just two of the most imposing edifices in the city. These two towers are a grand display of sleek urban sophistication. Children's World is another huge building. It is an emporium of all possible goods for children. A cable car connects Almaty’s downtown area to the summit of the exquisite Kok Tobe Mount from where one can get a coveted panorama of the whole of Almaty.
A certified commercial hub in the region, Almaty’s biggest industry is finance. It is known for its financial exports and many huge banks. Thus, the city is frequented by business travelers from the region and the rest of the world. Cheap flights to Almaty are numerous throughout the week to accommodate the city’s visitors.