Kazakhstan: Nomadic Routes From Caspian to Altai

Overview

Endless steppe, stunning mountain scenery and the riches of the Caspian Sea are revealed in this comprehensive guide to Central Asia's largest country.
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...

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Overview

Endless steppe, stunning mountain scenery and the riches of the Caspian Sea are revealed in this comprehensive guide to Central Asia's largest country.
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.
Featuring:Baikonur, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane and the Silk RoadThe future of Kazakhstan’s energy resourcesKazakhstan’s archeological wealthArchitecture from Astana to Almaty to AktauThe Caspian: Kazakhstan on SeaValley hopping in the Tien ShanThe Borat paradox and its surprising effectSuperb photography from the grandeur of the Tien Shan and Altai mountains across the Great Steppe to the Caspian Sea

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789622178410
  • Publisher: Airphoto International Ltd.
  • Publication date: 8/2/2013
  • Series: Odyssey Illustrated Guides Series
  • Edition description: Compact Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,368,798
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dagmar Schreiber was part of a three-year study project by the World Bank on living standards in Kazakhstan during the 1990s. She fell in love with the country, and subsequently formed a small, Berlin-based tour agency in 2003, specializing in eco-trips designed to reveal Kazakhstan at its best. She now splits her time between Berlin and Almaty, where she works as a consultant with one of the country’s main ecotourism operators.

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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