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Seven Wonders of Kazakhstan: Why Fashion Tourism Is Booming in Central Asia
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2017 World EXPO host and new luxury marketplace. It now has set an ambitious goal of raising tourism’s GDP share up to eight percent within a decade. This figure is comparable to the latest stats for the Persian Gulf region boosted by business travel and the popular resort nation of Dominican Republic. From the Altai Mountains, home to some 600 sacred sites, to the remnants of the Great Silk Road, to the Caspian Sea waterfront, and affordable luxury goods… Kazakhstan has many things to offer to the most discerning of travelers. With about 25,000 Americans discovering Kazakhstan every year, this is a real opportunity to experience an authentic place before the crowds gather at this ancient crossroad of cultures. Here are seven must-see places to check off your Kazakhstan bucket list.

THE BAYTEREK TOWER

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Bayterek Tower

Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital city, boasts fine examples of contemporary architecture. Bayterek Tower, without a doubt, serves as the young nation’s symbol. Conceptualized by the President Nursultan Nazarbayev, its height of 97 meters represents the year the capital was moved from the mountainous Almaty to the plains of Astana: 1997. Notably, it is one meter higher than the Big Ben in London! Its design evokes a great white tree on top of which sits a golden egg of the mythical bird Samruk from an ancient Kazakh legend. The best part is the breathtaking 360-degree views from the top! The saying goes that if you make a wish and place your hand into the gilded handprint on the top platform, it will come true, powered by the Kazakh good fortune and ambition.

EXPO 2017

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Astana Expo 2017

The theme of the EXPO 2017 was “Future Energy”. Over four million people visited its grounds. If you missed this opportunity, do not fret. The main pavilion – Nur Alem – has been reopened recently as part of the permanent exhibition space in Astana. This futuristic glass dome is the world’s largest spherical building. Each of its eight floors represents a different kind of energy: fossil fuel, sustainable, etc. If you aren’t afraid of heights, take a stroll on the glass walkway and peer down at the cascading lower floors below feeling as you’re floating on air. There is also a unique Skating Rink to get your own energy flowing!

ASTANA OPERA HOUSE

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Over 1.2 billion travelers made international fashion tourism one of the most reliably growing economy sectors last year. The increased demand among Chinese and Indian for global travel and luxury items are helping to perk up their neighbors' coffers. Kazakhstan, the largest landlocked country in the world, has attracted attention, both as the 2017 World EXPO host and new luxury marketplace. It now has set an ambitious goal of raising tourism’s GDP share up to eight percent within a decade. This figure is comparable to the latest stats for the Persian Gulf region boosted by business travel and the popular resort nation of Dominican Republic. From the Altai Mountains, home to some 600 sacred sites, to the remnants of the Great Silk Road, to the Caspian Sea waterfront, and affordable luxury goods… Kazakhstan has many things to offer to the most discerning of travelers. With about 25,000 Americans discovering Kazakhstan every year, this is a real opportunity to experience an authentic place before the crowds gather at this ancient crossroad of cultures. Here are seven must-see places to check off your Kazakhstan bucket list.

THE BAYTEREK TOWER

Courtesy

Bayterek Tower

Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital city, boasts fine examples of contemporary architecture. Bayterek Tower, without a doubt, serves as the young nation’s symbol. Conceptualized by the President Nursultan Nazarbayev, its height of 97 meters represents the year the capital was moved from the mountainous Almaty to the plains of Astana: 1997. Notably, it is one meter higher than the Big Ben in London! Its design evokes a great white tree on top of which sits a golden egg of the mythical bird Samruk from an ancient Kazakh legend. The best part is the breathtaking 360-degree views from the top! The saying goes that if you make a wish and place your hand into the gilded handprint on the top platform, it will come true, powered by the Kazakh good fortune and ambition.

EXPO 2017

Courtesy

Astana Expo 2017

The theme of the EXPO 2017 was “Future Energy”. Over four million people visited its grounds. If you missed this opportunity, do not fret. The main pavilion – Nur Alem – has been reopened recently as part of the permanent exhibition space in Astana. This futuristic glass dome is the world’s largest spherical building. Each of its eight floors represents a different kind of energy: fossil fuel, sustainable, etc. If you aren’t afraid of heights, take a stroll on the glass walkway and peer down at the cascading lower floors below feeling as you’re floating on air. There is also a unique Skating Rink to get your own energy flowing!

ASTANA OPERA HOUSE

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