Nazarbayev wants to boost Ulytau tourist potential28 august 2014, 02:31
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has spoken about the cultural heritage of the Kazakh nation. He specifically focused on Ulytau where Genghis Khan’s son Jochi was buried, Tengrinews reports citing Khabar TV Channel.
In the interview to Khabar, the president said that Ulytau was a sacred land that was a historical place of gathering of Kazakhs during summertime. The nomads often celebrated their marriages there. “The tribes mixed together. This is why I think there are no dialects in our wide Kazakh steppe,” Nazarbayev said.
Kazakhstan is a very large country the size of Western Europe, but all Kazakhs can understand each other's language regarding of the country's region them come from. Nazarbayev compared this to the great variety of dialects found China, a country comparable in size to Kazakhstan. Oftentimes people from Beijing do not understand those from the Southern parts of the country, he said.
The President also stressed the importance of teaching history to the youth, especially the history of Ulytau. "This place is a true center of the Kazakh nation. But, as you can see, from the modern standpoint, there is nothing here. No roads, no water, no airport, no nothing. The construction would require considerable funding. This is not a suitable place for a capital, either. But it is a sacred place, and so it will remain. A railway and a highway are being built in the area. In the future, it will become a place for tourism and commemoration of ancestors," he said.
Recently, a group of Kazakh scientists and tourists re-explored the Ulytau region. The expedition was organized by the Kazakhstan National Geographic Society and aimed at promoting the cultural and historical heritage of Ulytau. The members of the expedition concluded that the region had a tourist potential and shared their plans to make it a national park.
Writing by Dinara Urazova, editing by Tatyana Kuzmina