Mix winter sports with history
ALMATY, THE FOR MER CAPITAL OF Kazakhstan is situated at the foot of the northern Tien Shan, making it a paradise for all kinds of winter enthusiasts – as well as for Central Asian history buffs too! Country Holidays is offering a five-day tour which includes visits to major landmarks in the city – Panfilov Park, Green Bazaar, Republic Square of the Monuments of Independence and the Central State Museum, where you can bone up on your Kazakh history and learn about the salient issues in local development. Visit the Kok Tobe Hill where the world’s tallest TV tower is located and stroll along the winding paths of the surrounding park – there’s a magnificent panorama of the city and the mountains from here. Then move on to Shymbulak Ski Resort which boasts 943 metres of vertical descent and 99 acres of terrain with both gentle slopes and more challenging, longer trails – this is three days that lovers of out-of-the-ordinary ski experiences wouldn’t want to miss. Visit www.countryholidays.com.hk for more details.