A Social Media Gallery of Central Asia’s ‘New York’
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This week, Beyond Moscow is celebrating Kyrgyzstan!
Found on The Moscow Times Facebook page, posted on August 27th, 2013, is the public album “Almaty: Big Apple of Central Asia.” The digital folder hosts a series of photographs that celebrate Kyrgyzstan—its people, city and culture—from a woman feeding birds near Zenkov Cathedral to a vibrat market where colorful dried fruits and nuts are displayed. Via Facbeook, the album is described as:
“Almaty sweeps its foreign visitors into a non-stop whirlwind of surprises. The city’s name literally means “apple town,” and it lives up to this Big Apple status to the fullest.”
For an abundance of information on Almaty, check out the album’s corresponding Beyond Moscow post. The post offers more in detail what hospitality and financial professionals Lucas Marchand (Chimbulak Ski Resort, managing director), Joe Ghayad (Almaty’s Ritz Carlton Hotel, general manager) and Saule Kishkimbayeva (Halyk Bank, deputy chairperson)—all three of whose photographs are profiled in the album—have to say about the city.
Within 10 hours of the digital album being published, it was shared by 38 people and garnered 111 ‘Likes’—and counting. A day after it’s posting, those figures increased to 126 ‘Likes’ and 41 shares. The album can be viewed whether or not one has an active Facebook account.
So, if you’re familiar with the Kyrgyz city of Almaty, and find yourself clicking through the album, let neweurasia know how you think it represents Central Asia’s “Apple Town.”
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Image: Web Screenshot of album posted to The Moscow Times Facbeook Page wall