Aktau

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Aktau, Kazakhstan * *'''Kazakhstan **Aktau - Aktau Airport **Aktobe - Aktobe Airport *Domestic scheduled destinations: Astrakhan and Moscow. *International scheduled


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, you can simply say 'micro-raion' and then state the district's number in Russian. Afterwards, say the building ("Zdanie" or apartment building "Dom") followed by the number. Addresses in Aktau are generally written as follows: 14-42-30, where 14 indicates the district, 42 indicates the apartment or commercial building and 30 indicates the apartment number. If you should choose to experience a decrepit form of transportation, you can pay 25 Tenge for '''buses''' and 35


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to supply fresh water to the city. The long-term plans of the Government of Kazakhstan include the construction of a new nuclear power station to be built near the current one. The current station is not considered powerful enough to supply the fresh water and energy needed when the new district ''Aktau-City'' is constructed, doubling the current area and size of the city. Transportation Aktau has an international airport (Aktau airport), a railway station, and a developed seaport. wikipedia:Aktau Commons:Category:Aktau


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100 km sp us to the northwest. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Kazakhstan gaining independence, the original name Aktau was restored in 1991. Construction Aktau was once the site of a nuclear power station. The BN-350 FBR (Fast breeder reactor) went online in 1973, and closed in 1999. In addition to producing plutonium, BN-350 was also used to provide power and for desalination

– Atyrau, Kazakhstan right thumb Shevchenko BN350 nuclear fast reactor and desalination plant situated on the shore of the Caspian Sea. The former plant could generate 135 MW e and provide steam for an associated desalination plant. View of the interior of the reactor hall. (Image:Shevchenko BN350.gif) The '''BN-350''' was a sodium-cooled (Liquid metal cooled reactor) fast reactor nuclear power plant located at Aktau (formerly known

as Shevchenko from 1964-1992), Kazakhstan, situated on the shore of the Caspian Sea. Construction of the BN-350 Fast breeder reactor began in 1964, and the plant first produced electricity in 1973. In addition to providing power for the city (150 MW e ), BN-350 was also used for producing plutonium and for desalination to supply fresh water (120,000 m³ fresh water day) to the city. - Kazakhstan Aktau ( Mangyshlak


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one way. The '''cheapest''' way to fly to Aktau is with the decrepit airline SCAT or the low quality Azerbaijan Air from Baku or Tbilisi at a little bit less than 200 Dollars one way. Direct domestic flights include: Atyrau (SCAT and Astana Air several times per day), Almaty (Astana Air or SCAT once a day) and sometimes Aktobe (SCAT). Direct international flights include: or Moscow (Transaero). Twice weekly, you can fly direct with SCAT to Istanbul or to Tbilisi

theater with regular productions in Russian. Just south of these structures, on Aktau's middle north-south thoroughfare, you will find a collection of restaurants, night clubs and shopping centers. A well-appointed grocery store (Ramstor), movie theater and night club are in the Ardager shopping complex (district 9). Beyond that, in the furthest shopping center to the south is "Shoom" (ШУМ)(district 4), which has a large variety of low-quality stores. To the north, in district 16, you can find Aktau's new mall. The mall includes a very small ice-skating rink, movie theater and a number of low and high quality shops (low quality children's clothes on the top floor, Hugo Boss on the main floor). The mall includes arguably the best deal in town for food at Asorti on its top floor. District 10 has little of note, but it serves as a great viewing point of the huge frescoes, which cover one side of decrepit Soviet apartment buildings across the main street in district 9. The frescoes depict various "national fathers" of Kazakhstan, and rumor has it that current president Nursultan Abishuly Nazarbayev is keen to have his picture painted in a similar fashion. At the moment, he is making do with an enormous banner draped over an apartment building on that row. Do The beaches of Aktau have nice water, and you are allowed to swim anywhere. However, the amount of glass on the beaches can make your beach experience dicey in many locations. Usually, the locals stick to the beaches below the Renaissance. Behind the beach-side grills and clubs there, the beaches are fairly clean and sandy. Unfortunately you cannot kick back just anywhere on the edge of the Caspian, or around the town for that matter, and down a sunset drink. You are not allowed to drink alcohol outside of these beach-side bar and grills, although there are absolutely no signs to warn you otherwise. The local police take advantage of this situation and the general fear that many tourists have for police. If you are caught drinking, they only want 1000 Tenge as a bribe, even if you don't speak Russian or Kazakh. Most of the locals drinking on the street are ignored by police or pay the small bribe. Bowling and Pool are very popular in the city. There are at least 2 bowling alleys of good quality: just down the steps from the Soviet plane is Alia Bowling Hall (in between districts 7 and 9) and in Aktau Mall (district 16). Pool is available at those places as well as in Elite Alliance (building 38 in district 8) in two places: near the corner of the main road in the small Baiterek Center and one directly behind the building in between Elite Alliance and apartment building 7. Nautilus Restaurant also offers pool. Beach volleyball is available in the summers at Aktau Mall sports center in district 16 and on the beach near the Renaissance Hotel. Grand Hotel Victory will let you use its saunas, gym, Turkish baths, etc. for one day for 4000 Tenge. Buy Aktau is home to prices that are high, even by Western European standards. Quality electronics, clothes, western-style foods, hotels, entertainment and gyms are readily available. However, all of these are marked up anywhere from 100 to 300% above American or German prices. It is best to go local in Aktau and or buy anything of any consequence before you come. There are a few bazaars in Aktau. All of them have bad reputations for fleecing foreigners: Yellow Bazaar (Жолтий Базаар) in district 31, Wave Bazaar (Волна Базаар) in district 5, Old Bazaar (Старий Базаар) in district 22, and White Bazaar in district 8 (Ак Базаар). Eat * In Aktau Mall (district 16), Restaurant Asorti on the top floor offers one of the best deals in town. There are two Asorti Restaurants in the mall, but the one on the ground floor doesn't offer the buffet. The top floor restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch between 12pm and 3pm every weekday for 1200 Tenge per person. There is a live piano player every weekday for lunch, and the decor is sleek. * The second best deal in town are the Shwarma places near the Ramstor (Pamctop) behind Adagar (Ардагәр) Mall, near the eternal flame memorial. Ask for a 350 Tenge shwarma without sauce ("bez sosa") if you don't want it swimming in mayonnaise. * The most expensive places are Taksim in district 12 (near the big roundabout separating districts 10, 14, 12 and 11), Noodles in district 2, or one of the restaurants at the Renaissance. Both of these offer what could be called a Soviet interpretation of Western-style service for around 25 USD per person. The food is mediocre for the price charged. * '''Japanese''', CIS style, is available at the downstairs location of Asorti at Aktau Mall, at Osaka in district 4, at Arabic down the steps from the Soviet plane in between district 9 and 7, and at the Jazz Club in district 5. You should expect to pay at least 20 USD to have a couple of small roles at any of those places. * Alma-Ata Restaurant (behind Pinta and Taksim) has sturgeon caviar (Beluga) kebabs available for around 1500 Tenge per person. This is widely considered to be the best fish place in Aktau, but this doesn't say much about the quality of fish places in Aktau. * Fuenta Club next to Ardagar (Ардагәр) Mall in district 9, near the eternal flame memorial, opens up for lunch on weekdays between 11:30 and 2:30, offering a mediocre buffet for around 1000 Tenge per person. It seems that this buffet is reluctantly all-you-can-eat. It is not worth the 200 Tenge savings to eat here instead of Asorti or the premium over Shvedski Stol. * Shvedski Stol (шведский столь) has two locations, one in district 2 across from Shoom (ШУМ) and one in district 6 on the main east-west road. These restaurants also have an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet on weekdays, which costs around 900 Tenge per person. Be careful of overcharging, as the wait-staff will sometimes ring up your bill according to their perception of your ability to pay. Since both are located near Aktau's largest employers of office workers, good luck finding a table at lunchtime. * '''Chinese''' is available at China Town Restaurant in district 9 for around 1500 Tenge per person. It is also available at Urumqi Restaurant in district 2 for around 3000 Tenge per person. * '''Korean''' is available at Korea in district 11, next to Taksim. The food is not very Korean or very good. * Pizza is available in district 4 at Napoli Restaurant for around 1500 Tenge. Napoli also has a location in Astana Mall in district 14, which has hookah (Russian: кальян) available. * Restaurant Pinta at the major roundabout between districts 12, 14 and 11 serves a variety of coffees, teas and Soviet-foods. The food is reasonable but costs 2000 Tenge per person for an average meal. * Coffee and People. There are two locations, one in district 2 near Aktau Hotel and one in district 7, off the main road behind a small city park and fountain. Both locations are swank, serve reasonably good food, and charge about 2000 Tenge per person for a meal at any time of day. * Prag - This restaurant has tasty coffee and is located in district 6 * Hollywood Cafe - Two locations, one near Baiterek Center in district 27 and one in Aktau Mall in district 16. Both are located next to cinemas and both are expensively priced. * Caucasian grilled meat (shashlik) is available at the beach-side grills below the Renaissance hotel. These are usually 800-1000 Tenge per person. Drink * The English Pub at the 5 Star Hotel "Grand Victory" in district 13 has a laid-back atmosphere and comfortable seats, but charges 5-8 dollars per pint. * 3 Делфини near the Renaissance offers a well-priced menu and drinks * Shamrock Irish Pub in district 7 is a reasonably attractive watering hole with expat prices similar to those at the English Pub. * Guns and Roses in the Aktau Hotel in district 2 has a live music scene on weekends and expat prices to make it painful to enjoy. * Mojito probably has the youngest crowd of expats (average age: 40) in district 4, and it is not as expensive as Shamrock even though it is almost directly behind it. * Fuenta Club in district 9 is probably the most consistently crowded nightspot. The music is mostly Soviet techno and old hip-hop. * The beach-side bars near Renaissance offer nightlife similar to that at Fuenta, but they mostly shut during the winter. * Restaurant Pinta has occasional ballroom dancing parties on Sunday evenings. * Arabica is a new club that has just opened up on the down the stairs from the Soviet plane. The club is a little bit cleaner than Fuenta and the location near the beach is nice. However, the music could be much better. * Esperanza next to Ramstor in Ardager Mall shows live Premier League matches and offers a decent menu in a rather small, cramped area. Sleep * Renaissance Hotel - 200 USD per night, but usually great views with an outdoor and indoor pool in district 9. There is also a gym inside but no shopping center. To take advantage of the superior location of the hotel, you should request a sea-view. * Grand Victory Hotel - 150-200 USD per night, classy place with pool, gym and shopping center in district 13. Views can be as good as the Renaissance or could be of a Soviet building. * Chagala Hotel - 100-200 USD per night, offers a wide selection of long-term suites with kitchens and short-term rooms. It is the only beach hotel in the city of Aktau. * Grand Nur Plaza - 150 USD per night, is theoretically a 4 star hotel, but it is priced the same as the much better appointed and located 5 star hotels in town. * Golden Palace Hotel - 100 USD per night, has the best location, along with Aktau Hotel, for central offices in Aktau and Aktau night life. However, it is not very well appointed. * Aktau Hotel - 100 USD per night, is close to the Golden Palace Hotel. It is better appointed than the Golden Palace and has Guns and Roses downstairs for bored visitors. * Stiegel Beach Resort - 100-150 USD per night, is the most relaxing location near Aktau. The air is fresh and the artificial beach is kept very clean. However, it is about 30–45 minutes on unlit 2-lane roads from Aktau. Connect The local '''area code''' is (+7) 7292. Go next Other than buses to even more remote outposts in the desert, Aktau is an extremely out-of-the-way place, so getting out of town usually means backtracking in the direction you have just come. Also, the situation with Turkmeni visas has not been investigated well or at all by any of the travel agencies in Aktau. Therefore, you should not plan to come here first before getting a visa to continue to Turkmenistan. If you do have a Turkmeni visa that authorizes a crossing from Mangestau to Turkmenbasi, then you can make your way easily to the border. There are frequent morning buses to Zhanaosen (about 140 km east of Aktau) and then at least one daily bus from there to Turkmenbasi (about 300 km south). Tourist agencies in town can make arrangements for visits to Suni shrines and very distant caravansarais. The most famous of these shrines is '''Beket Ata''' - which is not very old - but already has many superstitions about magical properties of the site. Built into a cave, this shrine to an 18th-century Kazakh wise man is usually visited in groups. First, you will drive 3–5 hours from Aktau on poorly paved or unpaved roads to reach the shrine of Shapak Ata (mentor of Beket). After visiting Shapak Ata you will travel another 30 minutes to Beket Ata. You will need to take a live goat with your tour group that will be sacrificed later that evening. After consecrating the goat, you will feast on the meat and relax and pray in the dormitories next to the site until very early the next morning. At that point, you will get back on your tour bus with the leftovers and drive back to Aktau. Radon Hot Springs offers a slightly radioactive relaxation experience. It is a very primitive location that is about 54 km South of Aktau, with 13 km of that journey offroad. The hot springs are free, but room or yurt rental will cost 500 Tenge per hour. The facilities are very primitive (no electricity, no restaurant, no potable water nor western toilets or toilet paper) so you have to take everything with you. There are mudbaths about 3 km beyond Radon on a nearby dirt road. In both cases, you MUST have a local guide as the roads are completely unmarked and hazardous to drive on at night and there is no public transportation. 150 km from Aktau, Samal Sherkala is an area formed by extreme geological instability. Although Aktau does not experience earthquakes now, it used to have extreme earthquakes millions of years ago. These resulted in the created of the big depression north of the city as well as the valley of Samal. This valley is under "Black Mountain" (Каратау) and "Fire Mountain" (Отпантау). The fire mountain has a natural eternal flame on top as well as a monument to wolves. Nearby, the holy mountain of Sherkala attracts the superstitious who believe circumambulating the mountain between 1 and 7 times will result in good luck. You will need locals to show you how to get there as nothing is signposted and there is no public transportation. Fort Shevchenko has nothing of historical or cultural note save that Mr. Shevchenko himself stayed there during his exile from Ukraine. It is about 150 km north of Aktau and some buses leave district 8 infrequently to get there. This is one of the few signposted locations in Mangestau. Two desert oases are within reach of Aktau by day trip. Saura is about 50 km north and Tamshali is about 130 km northeast. You will need locals to show you how to get there as nothing is signposted and there is no public transportation. A high-quality tourist agency (by local standards) is * Riviera Tour. Address: 4-52-14. Tel 50-74-24, 50-41-14. Mobile 7701 489 31 60 or 7.777.613.44.44. They can also be reached at riviera...tour@mail.ru. www.riviera-tour.kz wikipedia:Aktau Commons:Category:Aktau


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and History Museum *The Drama Theatre *Yntymak Square *Monuments of Famous people of the past: Kashagan, Zhalau Mynbayev and Taras Shevchenko thumb Shevchenko monument in Aktau (File:Shevchenko monument Aktau.jpg) thumb View of the seaside (File:Aktau beach.jpg) Time capsule In 1967 the people of Aktau erected


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as Shevchenko from 1964-1992), Kazakhstan, situated on the shore of the Caspian Sea. Construction of the BN-350 Fast breeder reactor began in 1964, and the plant first produced electricity in 1973. In addition to providing power for the city (150 MW e ), BN-350 was also used for producing plutonium and for desalination to supply fresh water (120,000 m³ fresh water day) to the city. - Kazakhstan Aktau ( Mangyshlak

and indoor pool in district 9. There is also a gym inside but no shopping center. To take advantage of the superior location of the hotel, you should request a sea-view. * Grand Victory Hotel - 150-200 USD per night, classy place with pool, gym and shopping center in district 13. Views can be as good as the Renaissance or could be of a Soviet building. * Chagala Hotel - 100-200 USD per night

, offers a wide selection of long-term suites with kitchens and short-term rooms. It is the only beach hotel in the city of Aktau. * Grand Nur Plaza - 150 USD per night, is theoretically a 4 star hotel, but it is priced the same as the much better appointed and located 5 star hotels in town. * Golden Palace Hotel - 100 USD per night, has the best location, along with Aktau Hotel, for central offices in Aktau and Aktau night life. However, it is not very well appointed. * Aktau Hotel - 100 USD


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Peninsula and is the capital of Mangystau Region. Aktau literally means "white mountain" in Kazakh, so named after the cliffs overlooking the sea. Population: wikipedia:Aktau Commons:Category:Aktau


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Entrance to the city On September 11, 2007, President Nursultan Nazarbayev started the ''Aktau city'' project in order to develop tourism and attract investment. New city project Khabar news agency A totally new city was to have been built to the north-west of the current city with 4 million sq. meters of residential and business buildings to be constructed. The architecture style was to have been derived from UAE's construction experience under the patronage of Sheikh Abdullah ibn Zaid Al Nahayan. In August 2013, nevertheless, the project was called off. http: www.lada.kz aktau_news society 10772-aydarbaev-aktau-siti-ne-budet.html Twin towns and sister cities wikipedia:Aktau Commons:Category:Aktau


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at the Renaissance. Both of these offer what could be called a Soviet interpretation of Western-style service for around 25 USD per person. The food is mediocre for the price charged. * '''Japanese''', CIS style, is available at the downstairs location of Asorti at Aktau Mall, at Osaka in district 4, at Arabic down the steps from the Soviet plane in between district 9 and 7, and at the Jazz Club in district 5. You should expect to pay at least 20 USD to have a couple of small roles at any of those places

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Aktau is known for its unique block (city block) address system (house numbering). The streets of the city have no names, and all addresses in Aktau consist of three numbers: the microdistrict (block) number, the building number and the apartment number. This is because Aktau was originally planned as a camp for the workers of the oil industry. Ogni.kz. ''Aktau: Years, people, memories...''. October 13, 2011

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