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Zhetysu or Land of the Seven Rivers

Zhetysu, "Land of the Seven Rivers" in Kazakh (Semirechye in Russian), is the name of the region between the Lake Balkhash and the mountain range of Tien Shan in southeast Kazakhstan. The seven rivers are actually flowing from the slopes of the Tien Shan mountains into Lake Balkhash.

Category: Geography   |   Last Update: 23-10-2016   |  

Remembering the dead in Kazakhstan

The remembering of the dead is an important aspect of Kazakh society. The Kazakhs consider the place where their ancestors are buried as the eternal home. The importance of the forefathers is shown in many ways within society, for example each Kazakh can trace back his ancestors name at least seven generations.

Category: Culture   |   Last Update: 17-10-2016   |  

Ethnic groups of Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan contains 126 different ethnic groups. Historical migratory movements, along what was commonly known as the Silk Road, produced a mosaic of people extremely vast: Kazakh, Turkmen, Persian, Uzbek, Kyrgyz, Uygur, Chinese, Russian, Dungan, Ukrainian, Tatar to mention few. During Soviet times and particularly during the Second World War a massive influx of people settled in what is now Kazakhstan; Turks, Greeks, Koreans, Germans, Chechens, Ingush, Crimean Tatars, and Poles.

Category: Society   |   Last Update: 17-10-2016   |  

Kazakhstan length of borders

Kazakhstan, the 9th largest country in the world, has a total border length of 12.187 km. It shares a border with five countries and the Caspian Sea: Russia - 6.467 km, Uzbekistan - 2.300 km, China - 1.460 km, Kyrgyzstan 980 km, Turkmenistan - 380km, and the Caspian Sea more than 600 km.

Category: Geography   |   Last Update: 15-10-2016   |  

The Golden Warrior

The Golden Warrior (also known as Zolotoi Chelovek (Russian) or Altan Adam (Kazakh)), is a statue of a Scythian warrior that was recovered from a kurgan (a burial mound) approx 70 kilometers from Almaty in Issyk in 1969. In this kurgan, a skeleton was found and its believed to have been an 18 year old Scythian warrior prince dating back to the 3rd or 2nd century BC. The Golden Warrior was discovered wearing a gold platted uniform, along with a gold dagger and sword, and a pointed headdress with plaques of winged horses with horns, panthers, goats, among other animals. As is typical of burying rituals, the Golden Warrior’s kurgan included ceramic vessels, bronze castings and jewelry. The warrior was likely a member of the elite, given the luxuries found in the the kurgan and the elaborate headdress.

Category: History   |   Last Update: 12-10-2016   |  

Sharyn Canyon - An impressive and beautiful natural site

(Also known as Charyn Canyon) is a canyon on the Sharyn River in Kazakhstan. Located 200 kilometres east of Almaty, it is close to the Chinese border. The canyon is approx 80 to 90 kilometres in length. It is found in the Sharyn River valley, and part of the Sharyn National Park (est February 23, 2004). Located in the Uygur District, Raiymbek District and Enbekshikazakh District of Almaty Province. Thousand of years of exposure to the elements the canyon has gained colorful formations of varying shapes and sizes. 

Category: People   |   Last Update: 12-10-2016   |  

Nuclear testing in Kazakhstan

The Polygon, located 100 miles east of the town Semey, was the principal test site for Soviet nuclear weapons from 1949 to 1989.

Category: History   |   Last Update: 18-09-2016   |  

Wolves in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is said to have one of the highest population of wolves, more than Canada or Russia.

Category: Nature   |   Last Update: 14-09-2016   |  

One of the largest oil fields

In 2000 the Kashgan oil reserve was discovered below the Kazakh section of the Caspian Sea. It is one of the largest oil fields in the world.

Category: Economy   |   Last Update: 14-09-2016   |  

Tengiz oil field

In 1978 the Soviets discovered the Tengiz oil field, approx 30 miles east of the city of Atyrau. It is said to be the 6th largest oil bubble in the world.

Category: Economy   |   Last Update: 14-09-2016   |  

Wormwood in Kazakhstan

On the steppe's of Kazakhstan there are over 80 varities of wormwood - Artemisia absinthium - the plant that is the key ingredient in Absinthe.

Category: Nature   |   Last Update: 12-09-2016   |