New Cable Car to the Top of Kok Tobe in Almaty, Kazakhstan

March 20, 2016  •  2 Comments

Since first coming to Almaty in October 2014, I've been watching with interest the reconstruction of a cable car that used to run from my neighborhood up to the top of Kok Tobe, a large hill with an amusement park and a grand view of the mountains. Last week it finally opened. Yea! I've walked from home to the top of the hill many times, and it's a pleasant walk, but it takes about an hour. The ride takes about 5 minutes. Having seen the route from the air, I was curious about what lay below it, so I set out to follow its path on the ground.

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2.Jacques Cornell Photography
Thanks, Michael! It was a fun self-assignment for an afternoon. And, what I realized right away was that it wasn't the cablecar itself, but the context and environment in which it was built that was interesting.
1.Michael Hoffmann(non-registered)
Wow. I really like these photos. Some sweet compositions!
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