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August 22nd 2014
Published: August 24th 2014
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Beach in Balkhash cityBeach in Balkhash cityBeach in Balkhash city

Supperb lake, bit what tip beach is with broken glass too. Cool dip on hot afternoon is nice.
Just 600km ride south to Balkhash lake, so arrived in city 2pm.

Beach in city is quite bad with broken glass & rubbish, lake is still cool & refreshing - not salty.

Took Vitaliy's advice, went to resort further south, Chubar Tubliek I think. But 'Butlins' describes it better, beach kept near perfect, so both beaches have fresh water, but same lake is very salty - probably 100km futher east and 1.4km deep.

Vladimir and Ludmiller, a young couple from Germany looked after me after poseing for photos on bike. Much drink, food & banter.

Early swim then south to Almaty, but must taken 4hrs to get past southern portion of lake, suppose this why is 12th largest lake in world.

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Resort hutsResort huts
Resort huts

Nice place & people, cheap room. The British don't come here often I think.
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beach at resort

Looking good, cool swim, bit of jet ski activity.
Ludmilla from Gottingen Germany.Ludmilla from Gottingen Germany.
Ludmilla from Gottingen Germany.

She enjoyed the bike, sorry bit camera malfunction. The British bike is unusual so far from UK.
First YurtFirst Yurt
First Yurt

Not been in one yet. But also see flat nothing behind, with big blue sky.
Lake BaikhalLake Baikhal
Lake Baikhal

Huge body of water, but level is some 30m lower. There are some explanations in Kyrgyzstan

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