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