francesco18
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#1
It's the capital of Kazakhstan and it seems frickin' weird :

https://www.google.it/search?hl=en&sugexp=les%3B&gs_rn=1&gs_ri=hp&tok=onY2JCHqzJ5qb-ZMbQBLiw&cp=5&gs_id=i&xhr=t&q=astana&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.1357700187,d.Yms&biw=1280&bih=634&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=UHLvUIufO83TsgbClIGIAw


It's like Blade Runner meets URSS. It's kind of retro and futuristic at the same time.
So Pit do you know any weird city that can top Astana ?
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#3
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#4
Yeah I read a New Yorker article about it last year. Looks like a pretty cool place to visit.
Burgery
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#5
no, that cant be kazakhstan

wheres the goats and borat
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#6
did you just watch borat and come to that conclusion?
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Well, I've never watched Borat, is the movie set in Astana ?

tbh saw this thread on the ug home page and entered just to say that without reading the op.

no actually it's set in america but it's a kazakh "journalist" looking to help bring american culture back kazakhstan and as a result improve it as it's portrayed as being a really ****ing backwards nation in the movie..
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#10
Quote by MinterMan22
tbh saw this thread on the ug home page and entered just to say that without reading the op.

no actually it's set in america but it's a kazakh "journalist" looking to help bring american culture back kazakhstan and as a result improve it as it's portrayed as being a really ****ing backwards nation in the movie..

i actually did think it was a really shitty third world country up until just now because of that movie
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#11
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i actually did think it was a really shitty third world country up until just now because of that movie

I'm pretty sure he just chose Kazakhstan as an arbitrary nation that the average american wouldn't be familiar with. You don't see it in the news often. It makes the depictions of it in the movie more believable.

I like how one of the Google images links says "the Antichrist now has a capital"
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#12
Quote by francesco18
Well, I've never watched Borat, is the movie set in Astana ?


It's in Kazakhstan and it's pretty much what made Americans know of the countries' existence.

Edit: Beaten to it.
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#13
Quote by sashki
I'm pretty sure he just chose Kazakhstan as an arbitrary nation that the average american wouldn't be familiar with. You don't see it in the news often. It makes the depictions of it in the movie more believable.

that asshole

kazakhstan will be dealing with the fallout of that for decades to come im sure
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kazakhstan will be dealing with the fallout of that for decades to come im sure

Did you honestly believe there was a backwards-ass shithole somewhere in the middle east populated entirely by anti-semites?

Because there is and it's called Palestine. OH SNAP I WENT THERE
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#17
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i actually did think it was a really shitty third world country up until just now because of that movie

smh typical narrow Icelandic worldview.
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#18
Ordos China. It's a city designed to house a million people. Houses are in, infrastructure is mostly in, but the town is practically vacant.




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Ordos China. It's a city designed to house a million people. Houses are in, infrastructure is mostly in, but the town is practically vacant.

I don't understand how a vacant city can exist, especially in a country as heavily populated as China. Is the city too remote? Why doesn't anyone live there?
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#21
Quote by sashki
I don't understand how a vacant city can exist, especially in a country as heavily populated as China. Is the city too remote? Why doesn't anyone live there?

I'd imagine because the government won't let them move in yet...
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#22
Quote by sashki
I don't understand how a vacant city can exist, especially in a country as heavily populated as China. Is the city too remote? Why doesn't anyone live there?

I just did a quick search on the city so I'm just speculating here.
The city is located near the southern border of Mongolia and the name is Mongolian for "palaces". I doubt many people would move there from the heavily populated east coast to live is what is already seen as a ghost town, let alone one that has a Mongolian name. It's also a mining town if that means anything.
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#23
Very nice
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#26
I've wanted to visit Astana since learning about it a few years ago. These central Asian countries are actually quite interesting in my opinion.

There is a significant portion of the city that is poor housing though (not like Somali slums or something, but a lot of it is Soviet style apartments with poor infrastructure and some of the more rural parts aren't the best) which is a side these images aren't showing you. The good parts of Astana seems alright though.
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#27
Quote by sashki
I don't understand how a vacant city can exist, especially in a country as heavily populated as China. Is the city too remote? Why doesn't anyone live there?

They had a pretty big mining boom at one point. People were making lots of money and developers bought up land and basically started putting together this huge city. Ordos was supposed to be the next thing but for some reason, no one really thought ahead and once the mining resources depleted, the city died.
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