Kazakhstan: Nomadic Routes from Caspian to Altai

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Odyssey, 2008 - Travel - 568 pages
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A country larger than Western Europe, Kazakhstan's vast expanse encompasses the Great Steppe, across which Genghis Khan's Mongol hordes galloped; the heights of the Tien Shan in the south, through whose foothills Silk Road travelers journeyed; the exquisite lakes and valleys of the Altai mountains in the northeast, and in the far west the archeologically rich desert coast of the Caspian Sea. With independence and the discovery of oil has come huge change, yet Kazakhstan remained one of the least known of Asian countries until the "Borat" movie took the world by storm in 2006. Now, this land of rich history, welcoming people and whirling bazaars shares its wonders with a curious world.
- First dedicated English language guide to Kazakhstan--a huge and diverse country
- The "Borat" phenomenon and its double-edged effect
- Baikonur, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane and the Silk Road
- The future of Kazakhstan's energy resources
- Investment potential for businessmen
- Kazakhstan's archeological wealth
- Architecture from Astana to Almaty to Aktau
- Holidays by the Caspian Sea
- Superb photography from the grandeur of the Tien Shan and Altai mountains across the Great Steppe to the Caspian Sea
- 126 color photos and 9 maps & plans

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Dagmar Schreiber studied philosophy in Leningrad (St Petersburg) and Moscow, before joining the World Bank study project on living standards in Kazakhstan in 1994. During this three-year project she fell in love with the country; over the course of numerous far-reaching trips she became aware of its enormous potential for tourism, and subsequently formed a small, Berlin-based tour agency in 2003, specializing in eco-trips designed to reveal Kazakhstan at its best: a fascinating and rewarding destination.

Jeremy Tredinnick is a British travel writer, photographer and editor based in Hong Kong. He is the author of Xinjiang: China s Central Asia, co-author of Kazakhstan: Nomadic Routes from Caspian to Altai and China: Renaissance of the Middle Kingdom, and managing editor of Asia Overland: Tales of Travel on the Trans-Siberian & Silk Road and Mongolia: Nomad Empire of Eternal Blue Sky, among others.

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