The southern part of the lake is freshwater, and the northern one is mineralized by underground saline springs.
Lake Alakol is a landmark of East Kazakhstan. This drainless lake was widely known in the Middle Ages, when one of the trade routes of the Silk Road was passing near it. Tired wayfarers noticed a surge of strength after drinking from Alakol, and modern scientists have confirmed its water's positive effect on a body. People come here to improve their health, take a break from the bustle of the city and just breath some fresh air. The Alakol Nature Reserve was founded here. There are many hotels and guesthouses.
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