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"north-central Kazakstan, about 75 miles (120 km) west of Lake Tengiz. Settlement of the site began in 1956 in connection with the exploitation of the Torghay bauxite deposits, and it became a city in 1965. Arqalyq is linked to the Astana-Tobyl railway by a branch line from Yesil. In the late 20th century a major construction program was under way to provide the city with various urban amenities." From the Encyclopedia Britannica .
Arai: "April 2004, 1 single bed, private bath with tub and shower, refridgerator, heated, TV, Russian restaurant. Soviet-era hotel, but clean and in good condition. New water heaters for shower/bath. This hotel is a short walk from an interesting museum documenting the natural history and political history of Arkalyk and the surrounding region."
? Hotel name: "June 2004, $35/night, 1 bed, 2 people, private bath with tub, refrigerator, kitchenette."
"Russian run hotel across from defunct amusement park, February - April 2003, $35.00 for suite with 2 adults and 1 child with double bed, private bath with tub, shower, refer, room service, heat, TV, 1 restaurant Russian, lounge, walking distance to shopping. Nice people although without the services of our Kazakh translator we would have been very limited in our ability to get our needs met. Neither the hotel, orphanage staff or judiciary spoke each others language and as the Russian alphabet is Cyrillic, not Latin, even simple signs posed a problem. However, when I arrived home I ended up taking 3 years of Russian language study at University because the language, although unintelligable to us at the time, was so beautiful to listen to and our son's first language."