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The city of Astana - handpicked in the 1990s by President Nursultan Nazarbayev to be the new capital of Kazakhstan - “is brash and grandiose, and wildly attractive to young strivers seeking success” (John Lancaster). In just 25 years the place has become a futuristic city, risen from a forsaken landscape and post-Soviet rubble.  It has exploded in population and is now the country’s second largest city, home to more than 1 million people and an avant-garde architecture.
Baiterek monument and observation tower (in the far center) has become the symbol of Astana and was supposedly  sketched out by President Nazarbayev himself.  It is a modernistic representation of an old Kazakh myth, depicting the tree of life and a golden ball that symbolizes the a golden egg laid by the legendary bird, Samruk. However, some of Astana citizens jokingly call it 'Chupa Chups' because of its similarity to the popular lollipop. And the two golden towers housing governmental offices are often referred to as the Golden Beer Cans.

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