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Published: August 24th 2014
Beach 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.
Tot: 1.701s; Tpl: 0.044s; cc: 11; qc: 48; dbt: 0.0244s; 1; m:saturn w:www (220.127.116.11); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.4mb