Kazakhstan — land of endless steppes and proud people who honor the traditions of their ancestors. The locals are famous for their hospitality, and for good reason — it’s completely deserved. After the collapse of the USSR, Kazakhstan went its own way, and over the past time this country has made a huge step forward, developing at a rapid pace.
Interesting facts about Kazakhstan
- This is the largest country in the world, landlocked (interesting facts about the seas).
- The largest tent in the world is located in Kazakhstan – under a huge dome made of polymer material there is a shopping and entertainment center with shops, cafes, a private beach with an artificial tide and a recreation park. The area of the Khan Shatyr structure, designed by Norman Foster, is 127 thousand square meters.
- The Medeo skating rink, located in the Kazakh mountains at an altitude of almost 1700 meters above sea level, is the largest and highest mountain ice arena in the world. A skating rink with an area of 10.5 thousand square meters can simultaneously accommodate up to 8,000 people.
- Kazakhstani lake Kaindy attracts hundreds of tourists and divers from all over the world – there is a flooded forest at the bottom of the reservoir, and treetops sticking out of the water, create an amazingly beautiful landscape.
- The first satellite of the Earth and the first cosmonaut went into orbit from the Kazakh Baikonur cosmodrome. At the moment, an agreement has been concluded between Russia and Kazakhstan for the lease of the cosmodrome until 2050.
- The Kazakh language is considered one of the richest dialects in the world. According to scientists, the language consists of about 2.5 million words.
- Ancient cities on the territory of Kazakhstan appeared thanks to the Great Silk Road, as merchants were willing to pay for the possibility of safe passage through the steppes and comfortable rest.
- In Kazakhstan, the ninth largest country in the world, has only 18 million people, including 2 million in the capital.
- The Korgalzhinsky nature reserve in Kazakhstan is the northernmost haven of flamingos on the planet. Up to 35 thousand pink birds flock here every year (interesting facts about birds).
- In the depths of Kazakhstan, 99 of the 105 elements that make up the periodic table can be mined.
- German, Korean and Uighur national theaters operate in Kazakhstan.
- In the 1970s, the elephant Batyr lived in the Kazakh zoo, who knew how to imitate human speech and other sounds.
- Not far from the city of Aktau, there is an unusual mosque – to get into it, a Muslim must go down one and a half kilometers underground.
- In ancient times, the Kazakhs quenched thirst and hunger with the help of a special tea, in which milk, butter, salt, pieces of tail fat and flour were added.
- Half of the water in Kazakhstan’s Lake Balkhash is fresh, and the other half is salty. There is still no scientific explanation for this mystery.
- During the Second World War, every third bullet for the weapons of the Red Army was cast from metal mined in Kazakhstan.
- Each inhabitant of Kazakhstan consumes on average about 1.2 kg of tea per year. For comparison, in India this figure is only 650 grams.
- Kazakhstan is the world leader in uranium mining.