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Almaty is the former capital of Kazakhstan.
Almaty is about 800 meters above sea level.
Almaty means "father of apples" in Kazakh; the name refers the biodiversity of apples that grow in the area.
For people from most countries, the easiest way to get to Kazakhstan is by air. Several airlines have regular flights into Almaty. For people in bordering countries, taking a train or bus is also an option. Remember that you must obtain a visa to enter the country, and if you plan to stay longer than 3 months, you must bring proof of a recent negative test for HIV.
By train from Urumqi, China. The N955 train leaves every Saturday and Monday night (11.58 Beijing time) direct to Almaty. To buy the ticket in Urumqi the office is in a hotel to the right of the main station. Tickets need to purchased a few days in advance and cost just over 500 Yuan.
Tien Shan, local brew brewed in a modern factory by German brewmasters - pretty good.
Try the local variety, a good one can be had for less than $ 2,00 a bottle. Foreign wines, even Georgian ones, are very costly. Do not drink wine in restaurants, its usually sickly sweet and very expensive.
Very good vodka at 2-3 $ per bottle - an alcoholics paradise. In restaurants that do not usually cater to foreigners you get 200(!) cl if you order a vodka, smaller servings not available.
Tea is widely available, mostly very good and often quite srong. If you are on a budget this is the thing to order with your food.
Don't! Unless you like Nescafe. Exception: Modern coffee houses and western style cafés are appearing in Almaty. They serve good coffee at western prices.
The municipal water is supposed to be drinkable, it tastes strongly of disinfectant, however. Not recommended.
Nearby Chimbulak is a skiing village. There are a number of ski resorts in the area.
There are mountain lakes around Almaty.
There is a nearby desert park with a giant canyon, approaching the Grand Canyon in size. It also has petroglyphs and waterfalls.