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Sea scenery of Vladivostok.

Vladivostok is Russia's largest port city on the Pacific Ocean and the administrative center of Primorsky Krai. Even though Vladivostok was not open for travelers until 1992 it has caught up very fast on infrastructure. Travelers who want to see Russia, but who are not quite ready to take on Russian standards of living, will be very surprised by the presently available accommodations. There are also a number of sightseeing opportunities here that make Vladivostok an interesting place to visit.

Vladivostok is the major attraction in the Primorski Krai and is close to China there is a major cross border tourism exchange and the city for months now is filled to capacity with tourists. There are plenty of one to two day tours available around the territory of Vladivostok to the nearby islands, the Far Eastern Marine and “Kedrovaya Pad” preserved and picturesque places.

Primorye, the Maritime Province of the Russian Far East, is famous for its six unique national nature reserves, protected natural territories, which are withdrawn forever from any economic exploitation.

Pacific coastline near Vladivostok.


The purpose is to protect flora and fauna found in their territory. They are Sikhote Alin Biosphere Sanctuary, Lazo Preserve, Ussuri Preserve, Kedrovaya Padj Preserve, Hanka Preserve and Far East Marine Sanctuary. The Russian Far East is a vast sparsely populated area in Northeast Asia, whose pristine beauty and natural recreational resources have remained largely untapped. Its endemic wildlife and plants, natural landmarks and eventful history will attract travelers with diverse interests.

The climate of Primorye is generally monsoon and damp, influenced by the sea proximity. But the climate of coastal regions differs from that of inlands (e.g. the warmest month is July in continental Primorye and August on the coast). August is traditionally the time of typhoons (tropical cyclones) coming mostly from Asian countries.

The Trans-Siberian Railway was built to connect European Russia with Vladivostok, Russia's most important Pacific Ocean port. Finished in 1905, the rail line ran from Moscow to Vladivostok via several of Russia's main cities. Part of the railroad, known as the Chinese Eastern Line, crossed over into Manchuria, China, passing through Harbin, a major city in Manchuria. Today, Vladivostok serves as the main starting point for the Trans-Siberian part of the Eurasian Land Bridge.

Air routes connect Vladivostok International Airport with Japan, People's Republic of China, North Korea, South Korea and Vietnam. It is possible to get to Vladivostok from several of the larger cities in Russia.

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