Koktobe (or Green Hills in English) is a public park which overlooks central Almaty from the southeast, a natural viewing platform for the city. Some 1100 m above sea level, it is topped by a television tower, 327 m high, built in the early 1980s, which has become one of the symbols of the city. The summit of Koktobe features observation balconies armed with coin-operated binoculars, a children’s play area, a small zoo and various places to eat. There is an apple fountain, with water gushing out from the stalk.
If one is a big fan of the Beatles music band, then let him/her not miss the chance to see the statue dedicated to them. It was designed by a local sculptor named Eduard Kazarian and was commissioned by a group of local businessmen for whom the music of the Beatles in their youth represented an exciting alternative to the Soviet-sanctioned cultural diet.
The best way to reach Koktobe is by cable car from the city centre. The cable car, which started its operations in 1967, runs for 1627 m. Altho the area is accessible by a shuttle bus as well.