The city of Taraz, which is located in the south - west part of the Zhambyl Oblast, on the left bank of the Talas River. The population of the city is over 348,900 people. The distance from Taraz to Bishkek is 1,255 km.
Besides the regional center there are three towns of district subordination - Karatau, Zhanatas and Shu. Altogether in Taraz there are six archeological memorials (Taraz and Tortkul sites of ancient settlement of the 1st 17th centuries, Tonkeris manor of the 6th -12th centuries), 13 historic monuments, 53 memorials of architecture and urban planning, which reflect formation periods of the planning structure and the site development of historical part of the town, and seven pieces of monumental art.