Did you know that tulips and apples were introduced to Europe and the rest of the world from central Asia?
I found out about this - and central Asia in general (Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and nearby Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan) - when a prospective client and a DMC from Uzbekistan contacted me.
The landscape of Kazakhstan consists of steppes, rivers, mountains and canyons. Natural wonders include the Singing Sand Dunes that Marco Polo wrote about, Charyn Canyon, and Khan Tengri, the snow-capped, pyramid-shaped marble rock high in the Tengri Tag mountains.
Once part of the former USSR, Kazakhstan is the world's 9th largest country and largest landlocked nation. Its capital, Astana, can be reached by Astana International Airport, which is just outside the city and one of the nation's seven airports. Astana attractions include the Presidential Palace and the Baiterek monument; its roster of 5 Star hotels include the 181-room Radisson Blu Hotel Astana, which has a 15,064-square-foot ballroom, and the 168-room Rixos President Astana.
Kazakhstan is the home of the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the world's largest space station. Historical sites include Turkestan, the 1,500-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site. This ancient city on the Silk Road was the capital of Kazakh Khanate during the Mongol era.