The very cold winter temperatures mean that large indoor spaces are a vitally important part of life here in Astana and as such we have a number of very large shopping centers.
We have 5 large malls within walking distance of our house. Each of them come complete with a supermarket, a food court, café’s, a cinema and a range of clothes, shoe and toy shops. Most also have indoor play areas for children and one even has a climbing wall.
|Khan Shatyr - future model|
|Long drop fairground ride|
|Busy soft play under the tent.|
|Monorail in the Khan Shatyr|
|Swim on the beach - even when it is freezing|
|Enjoy the beach in the middle of the steppe.|
|Running track - for the very brave and figure unconscious|
The walls of each floor are covered in artificial plants giving a welcome splash of green in the middle of winter. This is the place to come if you want to pick up imported clothes from stores such as Gap, Zara, Massimo Dutti etc but I tend to find that the other malls have better supermarkets and food courts. The parking is also somewhat chaotic and it is expensive (500 tenge/£2) to park underground. I actually enjoy seeing the Khan Shatyr from the outside far more than spending time inside. It is a spectacular addition to Astana's beautiful and rather unconventional skyline and looks it's best at sundown when the sunset bathes it in orange.
|Spectacular sunsets - even when snapped from a telephone|
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