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Astana, from drab town to modern city

2009-12-15 08:14:31 GMT2009-12-15 16:14:31 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Photo taken on Dec. 12, 2009 shows the inside view of the presidential residence in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan. Astana, once a drab town in the vast, windswept steppe, was declared Kazakhstan's new capital on Dec. 10, 1997. It now emerges as a modern, diversified city after a 12-year construction. (Xinhua/Sadat)

Photo taken on Dec. 13, 2009 shows the Pyramid of Peace, also known as the "Foster Pyramid" in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan. Astana, once a drab town in the vast, windswept steppe, was declared Kazakhstan's new capital on Dec. 10, 1997. It now emerges as a modern, diversified city after a 12-year construction. (Xinhua/Sadat)

Photo taken on Dec. 13, 2009 shows the Baiterek Tower, a symbol of the openness and modernity of Astana, capital of Kazakhstan. Astana, once a drab town in the vast, windswept steppe, was declared Kazakhstan's new capital on Dec. 10, 1997. It now emerges as a modern, diversified city after a 12-year construction. (Xinhua/Sadat)

Photo taken on Dec. 12, 2009 shows the night view of Astana, capital of Kazakhstan. Astana, once a drab town in the vast, windswept steppe, was declared Kazakhstan's new capital on Dec. 10, 1997. It now emerges as a modern, diversified city after a 12-year construction. (Xinhua/Sadat)

Photo taken on Dec. 12, 2009 shows the general view of Astana, capital of Kazakhstan. Astana, once a drab town in the vast, windswept steppe, was declared Kazakhstan's new capital on Dec. 10, 1997. It now emerges as a modern, diversified city after a 12-year construction. (Xinhua/Sadat)

Astana, once a drab town in the vast, windswept steppe, was declared Kazakhstan's new capital on Dec. 10, 1997. It now emerges as a modern, diversified city after a 12-year construction.

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