Almaty is an beautiful city. It is the largest city in Kazakhstan, with a population of 1.8 million people, about 8% of the country’s total population. It served as capital of the Kazakh state in its various forms from 1929 to 1997, under the influence of the then Soviet Union.
The former capital has become the financial hub of Central Asia as it has adapted to the changing times faster than any other city. The city is decorated with many parks and gardens, fountains and flowerbeds. Almaty stretches along the foothills of the Tian Shan’s emerald mountain range in southern Kazakhstan where the Large and Small Almatinka rivers run into the Trans-Ili Alatau Plain.
It hosts various international events as the most convenient city of the republic with a well-developed infrastructure, and it remains the largest industrial and cultural center of Kazakhstan.