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Almaty – city of contrasts. View of a foreign tourist.

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We continue publication of materials from a series “Almaty – city of contrasts”. While the previous photo collection reflected a view of an imaginary tourist, these pictures were taken by a real foreign guest. One of those who are focused on by the supporters of construction of the mountain ski resort on Kok-Zhailau.

City of contrasts covered with smog aroused controversial feelings. There was a natural desire to visit the mountains which look so attractive from a hotel window. But meeting Zailiyski Alatau was shocking. The nature, so close and desired, was difficult to access because many areas of the national park are fenced and are in private property. Common places of recreation equipped for visitors look miserable. Service is antediluvian. Places of public use are under any critic. Squalor is everywhere, and trash, trash, trash…

Will Kok-Zhailau and other spots of Ile-Alatau National Park look the same after being turned into the mountain ski resort of a world class?


Almaty – city of contrasts. View of a foreign tourist (06.2012)