The Museum City, warm, artistic, preserving old traditions
The third largest city Shymkent in the country is situated on the south of Kazakhstan. It is one of the largest industrial and trading centers of the republic, not far from the border with Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, and their capitals – Tashkent and Bishkek. In 2011, Shymkent was acknowledged as the Best CIS City according to the International Assembly of Capital and Major Cities. Shymkent is of huge touristic significance: it is the large city with developed infrastructure, it is the node that connects Tashkent, Bishkek and the norther region of Kazakhstan. In addition, eco- and mountain tourism is well-developed here, it provides good places for fishing and hunting. Moreover, the city and its localities are full of various historical and architectural sights. This all, together with soft climate, makes Shymkent attractive in any Central Asian touristic route.