Vladivostok

Vladivostok is the largest city in the east of Russia, the administrative center of “Primorsky Krai” region. Vladivostok is the largest port on the coast of the Sea of Japan, the final destination of Trans-Siberian railway. Distance from Vladivostok to Moscow in a straight line is 6430 kilometers, by rail 9,288 kilometers. Car route Moscow - Vladivostok has a length of about 10,000 kilometers. In recent years, a car trip from European part of Russia to Vladivostok became popular among lovers of travel. It is possible to make a trip to Japan and Korea by ferry or plane, as well as to China from Vladivostok. Time difference between Moscow and Vladivostok is 7 hours.

bridge golden vladivostok_1.jpg Vladivostok is located on the coast of the Sea of Japan on the Muravyov-Amursky peninsula, on both banks of the Golden Horn Bay. In the western part the city washed by the Amur Bay, in the eastern part by the water of Ussuri Bay. Vladivostok stretches along the Muravyov-Amursky peninsula for about 30 kilometers (from north to south). The length of the city from east to west is approximately 10 kilometers. The total population of Vladivostok is more than 600,000 people. This part of Russia is extraordinarily beautiful and attractive to tourists. Nature of the region is significantly different from the nature of the European part of Russia. There are rapid rivers, the sea, sandy beaches, blue lakes and waterfalls, high mountains with extinct volcanoes and valleys with impact craters. Far East of Russia attracts many tourists who love to travel the wild corners of the planet.

Geographic information

  • Sea of Japan - the sea in the Pacific Ocean, located between the Japanese islands, mainland of Russia and the Korean peninsula.
  • Peter the Great Bay - the largest bay of the Sea of Japan, near coast of Russia “Primorsky Krai” region. Gulf Shores strongly dissected and have internal bays.
  • Amur Bay and Ussuri Bay - internal bays of the Peter the Great Gulf.
  • Golden Horn - a bay of the of Peter the Great Gulf. City of Vladivostok is located on both banks of the Golden Horn bay.
  • Eastern Bosphorus - the strait in the Peter the Great Gulf, joins the Amur and Ussuri Bays and separates the “Russian island” from the Muravyov-Amursky peninsula.
  • Primorsky Krai - a region in the south of the Far East of Russia.

The territory of the city also includes several islands, the most famous of which can be considered “Russian island”. Russian island located in the Peter the Great Gulf, a few kilometers from the center of Vladivostok. The shortest distance between the mainland and the island is about 800 meters. The island is separated from the mainland by the Eastern Bosphorus Strait.

Golden Horn bay, on both banks of which is located Vladivostok, is a convenient place for ships. On the shores of the bay are commercial and fishing ports. In the early 21st century, across the Golden Horn bay and Eastern Bosphorus strait (separates the “Russian island” from the mainland) were built two bridges (a bridge across the Golden Horn).

Vladivostok is located in the monsoon climate zone. Here is dry winter with a cold, but clear weather. The warmest months in Vladivostok are July and August, with an average temperature of about 20 ° C. The coldest time of the year is from December to February (average temperature about -11 ° C). In winter the temperature can drop to -30 ° C.
Spring begins in late February and lasts until the beginning of June. The temperature at this time of year is quite changeable. Summers are warm and humid. July and August are warmest months of the year. Best time to visit Vladivostok is the period from July to September.
Sights of Vladivostok will be interesting to both Russian and foreign tourists. After the APEC summit number of tourists from China, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Australia increased significantly. There are attractions for every taste and age.

Center of the historical part of the city is the Svetlanskaya Street, along which are the most interesting sights. Here is the Arc de Triomphe, also known as Nikolaev triumphal arch. It was built in honor of the visit of Emperor Nicholas II and in commemoration of the laying of the railway. Nearby you can find the main military sites. First of all we are talking about the Vladivostok fortress, which is the unofficial symbol of the city. It is a complex of fortifications, which stretches through the city and partially captures several islands. It includes dozens of forts, fortifications and batteries. Some of them are open for tourists, such as the fort number 7, but some can be viewed only from the outside. There is also museum in the fortress. Interesting for tourists is also Military History Museum of the Pacific Fleet.

Among the tourist attractions in Vladivostok is also railway post with a mark of 9288 kilometer. It is a popular place to take pictures for those who arrived in Vladivostok by train. This figure allows understanding the real size of Russia.

Transportation

Vladivostok is located at a great distance from the central part of Russia. This makes travel to the western regions of Russia and in European countries time consuming and expensive. Getting around the city is most convenient by buses and trams. From Vladivostok on the island go ferries and boats. There are plenty of bus and rail routes abroad, for example in the Chinese city of Harbin, Mudanjiang and Suifenhe.

Airport

Vladivostok International Airport (Аэропорт Кневичи) is located 4.5 km from the city of Artem and 38 km north- east from the Vladivostok. The airport serves domestic flights to various cities of Russia, as well as flights between international destinations: South Korea, Vietnam, China and Japan. From the airport the city center can be reached by taxi or by bus number 107. The airport also has a regular train service to the passenger station of Vladivostok. Trains (aeroexpress train) run between the airport and the train station several times a day. The airport also has a bus service to the city of Nakhodka, Ussuriysk, Arsenyev .

Raivaystation

Vladivostok has the terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway. (On the other end of Trans-Siberian road is the Yaroslavsky station in Moscow.) Regular railway trains connect Vladivostok to cities as Moscow, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Khabarovsk and Penza. The trip from Moscow to Vladivostok by train will take at least 5-6 days. In comparison, flight on an airplane takes about 8 hours. From railway station can also be reached the international airport of Vladivostok. The train station is located close to the shore of Golden Horn Bay, not far from Vladivostok Marine Terminal. Address: Aleutian Street 2 , Vladivostok, Russia.

Marine Station

Marine Station is located in the historic center of the city, near the railway station of Vladivostok. Marine Station serves cruise ships, ferries and passenger ships. There is a tourist information center In the station. From Vladivostok marine station can be reached by sea Korea, Japan, islands of the of Peter the Great Gulf.
Address: Vladivostok, Lower Port, 3.


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