Industrial and trading center of Kazakhstan Shymkent (Russian version on the name — Chimkent) is one of the largest industrial and commercial centers of Kazakhstan. In addition, Shymkent is the third of the cities of Kazakhstan in terms of population.
The link between East and West Officially, the city is nearly 800 years old, but archaeologists-specialists who have studied the territory of the city, came to the conclusion that people lived here even in the V century AD. This makes a probable age of Shymkent more than one and half thousand years. During its existence, Shymkent has outlived many ups and downs, wars and destruction. City passed from one conqueror to another, because it is located at important strategic position in the region. In the Middle Ages through Shymkent passed the northern branch of Great Silk Road, and in the middle of the XIX century it was an important transit city, connecting the European part of Russia and Western Siberia with Central Asia.
Rare evidence of the terrible era Many factors contributed to the fact that in the city there are not many historical monuments. The main reason for this were obviously numerous wars raging in this area. Warfare destroyed the best architectural structures, which today could be the main advantage of not only the city but the entire country. Some of the monuments of that era - mosques and mausoleums are survived, but remain in half-destroyed condition.
Shymkent as a modern tourist center Shymkent is one of the tourist centers of Kazakhstan. Through Shymkent pass many tourist itineraries. Guests of the city can be offered shopping, entertainment and cultural centers, billiard clubs, bowling center. There are many parks and recreation facilities, including a waterpark, technology park, ethnographic park, arboretum, zoo, racecourse. Opened in 2013 huge Central Mosque of Southern Kazakhstan is also an interesting place. Hotel service of high level is offered to the tourists. The main attraction of wealth both for Shymkent and for the whole Southern Kazakhstan region is the oldest in Kazakhstan natural reserve Aksu-Jabagly. It was the first reserve in Central Asia that received the status of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.