A Thousand Apples: Almaty, Kazakhstan Celebrates a Special Birthday in 2016

A Thousand Apples: Almaty, Kazakhstan Celebrates a Special Birthday in 2016

Almaty, the cultural, educational and financial heavyweight of Kazakhstan is celebrating its 1,000th birthday in 2016. No, it’s not the country’s capital anymore – not since 1997 when President Nursultan Nazarbaev signed a decree moving the capital up to Astana (“the Dubai of Kazakhstan”) on the northern steppe. But it’s still the largest, most diverse, most stimulating, exciting and wealthy city in the country. Happy birthday, Almaty! May you live 1,000 more years! Read More


Silk Route Spotlight: Apples of Almaty, and 7 More Things I Love About This Kazakh Town

Silk Route Spotlight: Apples of Almaty, and 7 More Things I Love About This Kazakh Town

Former capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty is now the "capital of apples," a city of history, business, culture, and stunning natural beauty. It's also in the running for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. Read More