Öskemen, Ust-Kamenogorsk

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"Öskemen, formerly Ust-Kamenogorsk, NE Kazakhstan, on the Irtysh River and in the foothills of the W Altai Mts. It is a river port and an industrial center with zinc, lead, and titanium-magnesium smelters. There is a large hydroelectric station nearby. The city was founded in 1720 as the Russian military outpost of Ust-Kamennaya." Formerly on the Columbia Encyclopedia website.

"eastern Kazakstan. It lies in the foothills of the Rudnyy Altai Mountains and at the junction of the Ulba and Irtysh rivers. Founded as a Russian fort in 1720, it later became a centre of trade with Mongolia and China and the gateway to the mineral wealth of the Rudnyy Altai. Ust-Kamenogorsk is now a major centre of nonferrous metallurgy (lead, zinc, titanium, and magnesium) in Kazakstan, with important associated research institutes and laboratories. Other industries include food processing and machine building. The city is also an important transport junction. There are teacher-training and construction and road-building institutes, as well as various technical colleges. A large hydroelectric station lies upstream on the Irtysh." From the Encyclopaedia Britannica [external link].

"The city in eastern Kazakstan, Ust-Kamenogorsk lies in the foothills of the Rudnyy Altai Mountains and at the junction of the Ulba and Irtysh rivers. Founded as a Russian fort in 1720, it later became a center of trade with Mongolia and China and the gateway to the mineral wealth of the Rudnyy Altai. Ust-Kamenogorsk is now a major center of nonferrous metallurgy (lead, zinc, titanium, and magnesium) in Kazakhstan, with important associated research institutes and laboratories. Other industries include food processing and machine building. The city is also an important transport junction. There are teacher-training, construction and road-building institutes, as well as various technical colleges. A large hydroelectric station lies upstream on the Irtysh." Previously on the Gateway to Kazakhstan.

Eastern Kazakhstan Online [external link] is in Russian; information and statistics. This site comes and goes.

Aktau Map with Kazakh nationality (click on map to see a larger image, shows location of Kazakhs) used with permission from World Map [external link].

Valya's Pictures [external link] from Ust-Kamenogorsk.

Oskemen.kz [external link] is in Kazakh and Russian; photogallery.

Pushkin East Kazakhstan Regional Public Library [external link]: has a separate section for kids.

World66 travel guide [external link] information and pictures.

Falling Rain [external link] has maps and current weather conditions (temperature, cloud cover and precipitation).

Coming of age [external link] Peace Corp blog in Ust-Kamenogorsk in 2005-6.

Ust-Kamenogorsk.com [external link] is in Russian, business directory that lists hotels, restaurants, etc.

Eastern Kazakhstan Akim [external link] website.

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Visit Kazakhstan [external link] has information about the area, hotels, restaurants, etc.

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Aboutkazakhstan.com [external link]: population, hotels, city flag and coat of arms, map, history, and pictures.

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Wiki: Oskemen [external link]

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Wiki Travel: Ust-Kamenogorsk [external link] has lots of information.

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Ingvarr photo album [external link]

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Hotels

  • Irtysh: 71 single/double rooms, private bath, refer, telephone, TV, hair dryer, mini-bar, air conditioning, dry cleaning, room service, sauna/fitness facility, tennis court, pool, restaurant. 1up Travel [external link] lists this hotel. "Sept 2002, $35, 2 single beds, private bath with tub and shower, TV, 1 restaurant with Russian and some American food, internet access, accepts credit cards, walking distance to shopping, 'The hotel was the nicest one in the city. The room was small, but newly remodeled and clean. We had a refrigerator in the room which was nice. Our daughter had to sleep on a twin mattress on the floor since there was no room for an additional bed. There was laundry service available. Breakfast was included in the price of the room. Food in the restaurant was actually very good. All in all, our stay at the Irtysh was pleasant and the staff went out of their way to help make our stay nice.' "
  • Ust-Kamenogorsk: single and double rooms, phone, TV, private bath, refer.
    "January 2005, $15 for 1 person, private bath with tub and shower, heat, phones, TV, coffee shop, elevator. 'Comfortable, clean, simple accomodations. Other options such as refrigerator, AC are available. Restaurant was being remodeled while we were there. Shops, Russian restaurant across the street. Walking distance to many other shops and restaurants, especially in milder weather. Hotel staff courteous and helpful.' "
  • Club of Businessmen: 15 suites with 2 rooms, AC, phone, TV, refer, mini-bar.
  • Tourist: 73 rooms, single, double, triple, and suites. Only suites and delux room have private baths, phone, TV, refer.
  • Izumrudny, listed by All Hotels in Russia: Izumrudny [external link]: 84 beds, regular rooms and suites, mini bar, TV, phone, bar, restaurant, pool, sauna.
  • Beybars, listed by All Hotels in Russia: Beybars [external link]: 15 rooms, regular rooms and suites, mini bar, TV, phone, bar, restaurant, pool, sauna, refrigerator, AC.
    "April 2004, $80/night for standard room for 2, private bath with shower, refrigerator, room service, AC/heat, TV, restaurant, bar, lounge. Contact Michelle [e-mail link] for more information."
  • Shiny River Hotel [external link]: 72 rooms, restaurant, 2 bars, buisness center, AC, room service, laundry, opened in April 2006.
    "September 2007, $95 for standard room for 1 adult, private bath with tub, shower, hairdryer, refer, mini bar, room service, phones, TV, coffee shop, restaurant (English menu, good variety of food), bar, lounge, staff speaks English, elevator, internet access, accepts credit cards, walking distance to shopping. Pretty good place. Only complaint was coming in late at night and resaurant was taken over for a fashion show. We were not told about this in advance and were refused admission to dinner that night. Everyone was furious that evening, had to wait 2 hours for food from room service, which when it came, was well below the normal standard we had come to expect."
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