Where Russia meets Asia

Introduction - History - Geography & Lanscape - Regional map & Climate -
Government - Economic Overview - Travellers Information -
Population, Culture & Language - City Guide - Tourism - Did you know



The Trans-Siberian

Vladivostok is the major industrial, transport, scientific and cultural centre and the biggest ocean port of Russia on the Pacific coast. As much as almost 47% of its population are somehow involved in industry, transport, and communication. The main industries are engineering and fishing.

Fish-processing factories produce delicacies, preserves, semi-finished and finished fish products, which are so popular with the locals and people across the country. The major engineering operations are equipment manufacturing, shipbuilding and ship repair. Confectionery, bread baking, meat and dairy processing factories are major components of the food industry. House development creates demand for the reinforced concrete and large-panel constructions that are manufactured within the city limits. Among the most popular products are polywood, porcelain-ceramic, and furniture.

Bustling Streets Vladivostok

Vladivostok provides all major ways of transportation. It is the terminus of Trans-Siberian Railroad, the longest railroad in the world; Vladivostok, Khabarovsk highway, and the most extended air-route of Russia.

The heart of the city is the port with its 16 piers, 4 190meters mooring line, and passenger-service area, specialized in container and bulk cargo processing, and shipping of cargoes to Sakhalin, Kamchatka, Magadan, and the northern Sakha Republic. The fleet of the Far Eastern Shipping Co. runs several international lines.

Modern day Vladivostok "Golden Horn Bay"

Vladivostok is prominent by its science potential. It accommodates the Presidium (Headquarters) of the Far Eastern Division of Russian Academy of Sciences and 14 academic and research institutes with Far East Geological Institute, Pacific Oceanological Institute, Institute of Biology and Soil Sciences, Institute of Automation and Control Processes, etc. among them. The scientists perform complex studies of the World Ocean and the Pacific Ore Belt, work out recommendations on the efficient use and protection of soils, flora, and fauna, develop new medicines, investigate the ways of complex economic development of Primorsky Region.

Vladivosotk is a college city. Its higher education arsenal accounts nine universities. The most prominent are Far Eastern State and Technical Universities, Marine Academy named after G.I. Nevelskoy, Management and Economics Academy, etc. They prepare captains for merchant vessels, physicians, schoolteachers, engineers, researchers, navy officers, and businessmen. Specialized trade schools include shipbuilding, meteorological, power engineering, medical, music, pedagogic colleges, and a bunch of lyceums.

The status of major seaport in the Russian Far East predestined for Vladivostok the role of a cultural center. Construction of the Trans-Siberian Railroad added a lot to the progress of social and cultural activity in the city and in the region at large. Vladivosok has Chamber and Drama Theatres, Puppet Show, Philharmonic Society, Circus, and Picture Galleries. The Russian Geographic Society established its branch in Vladivostok about a century ago. Multiple museums functioning here have collected precious historical items and heritage exhibits, the most abundant and interesting collections are displayed by the Museum of Regional Lore, History and Economics named after V.K. Arsenyev, Pacific Fleet History Museum, Museum of Fishery and Oceanography, and Aquarium. The Marine Preserve in the vicinity of Vladivostok is a Natural Museum of Local Sea-Life.
Streets and buildings of the city include over 200 memorials. Combination of old and modern architecture reflects the history of Vladivosotok In the downtown the buildings of XIX-early XX centuries stand next to the ones from 1970s. Several old buildings are protected as a woodwork architecture heritage of late XIX century. Under intensive town planning the city preserves its historical appearance, individual buildings, and even streets are protected as historical memorial.
Health resorts and sanatoriums in the vicinity of Vladivostok provide qualified medical and recreation services not only for locals, but also for the people from all

over Russia. The area accommodates the best in Siberia and the Russian Far East health facilities, multiple vacation houses and tourist centers, and the children's recreation camp "Ocean" that functions all-the-year-round.


"Nakhodka, the city of mariners, fishermen, construction workers and longshoremen"

Chapel at Nakhodka
Nakhodka is the second biggest city in Primorsky Kraï, situated in the southeastern part of the maritime territory, on the shore of the Sea of Japan.The climate in Nakhodka is quite the same as in Vladivostok; cold in winter, mild in summer and influenced by the proximity of the sea.
Nowadays, about 190,000 persons are living on the territory of the city.

In 1859, the first map of the Nakhodka Bay was drawn. One year later was discovered what is called now the Wrangel Bay. Today on the shore of this bay, is situated the Vostochny Port, the largest Russian port in the Pacific. At the beginning of the 20th century, Russian settlers founded the village of Americanka, followed by others. In the late 1930's, were transferred to Nakhodka the first NKVD (the Soviet police corrective-labour agency). Ten years later, the district received the name of Nakhodka workers district and the first large commercial seaport started its operations in 1947.
May the 18th, 1950 is considered to be the date of birth of the actual city as it received its present name.

Since Vladivostok was a closed city after the Second World War, Nakhodka became the only Pacific port which handled foreign ships and also acted as the eastern terminal of the Trans-Siberian Railroad, for tourists in transit to Japan.

Administrative structure of the city.

The structure of the local administration bodies is divided in three different components. First the Mayor's Office. The Mayor is the chief executive elected by the population for a period of 4 years. The Mayor is responsible for the day-to-day affairs of the city.

The Mayor of Nakhodka

Secondly, the City Legislative Assembly named also Duma, composed of 11 members. The Duma is the representative body of the local population and their members are elected for a period of 4 years. It oversees the local economic legislation and has budgetary powers. Finally, the Municipal Government with both executive, administrative powers and prerogatives. It is directed by the Mayor of the city and includes the following departments: health care, education, culture, trade...

Foreign Economic Links.

Up to 700 ships with the flags of 70 states docked at the commercial port, and the town was quick to develop international links. Currently it is twinned with towns in Japan, the USA, China and South Korea.

The town has four all-year ports, a commercial, fishing and oil port, as well as Russia's most modern, Vostochny Port, which has coal, container and timber terminals. Almost all the cargo traveling to Asia by rail is unloaded here. In 1990 the town gained the status of a free economic zone, although projects to build a Russian and American industrial park and a Russian-Korean industrial complex remain on the drawing board.

Most of the investments have been made in the development of transport and communications sectors.

Small guide of the City:

Yuan Dun, Nakhodkinsky Prospekt 51
(4236) 62-04-25
Syuan Yuan Gonkong, Malinovsky Street 32,
(4236) 64-09-84
Piramid -Otel, Vladivostokskaya Street 2,
(42366) 5-77-60
Rent, Pogranichnaya St 27,
(4236) 64-48-88,
Dialog-invit, Sovetskaya St,
(4236) 64-07-61
Gorizont, Leningradskaya 12,
(4236) 62-36-07

Restaurant "Zaliv Amerika"


Central Church

Lying 112 km from Vladivostok on the railway line to Khabarovsk, Ussurisk was founded in 1866. The first settlers were peasants from Astrakhan and Voronezh regions in southwestern Russia. Thirty-two years later, the village Nikolskoye became a town, and changed its name to Nikolsk-Ussurisky, and began to grow rapidly. In the Soviet period it was named Voroshilov until 1957, when it received its present name of Ussurisk.

The small pleasant town has retained a historic center with stone mansions jostling small wooden cottages. Its chief industries are Ussurisky Balzam, a factory making liqueurs and vodka, and Primorskaya Soya, a soya producer.

The town has many Chinese and Korean immigrants, with a Korean cultural centre and a large Chinese market.

Ussurisk has two theatres, and a local history museum, as well as several attractive old churches.


Hotel Ussurisk tel. 42341 291-42 or 3-16-94 Nekrasova Street, 64
Oazis Hotel complex
San Yuan , corner of Chicherin and Lenin Streets, 42341 2 46 59
Yubileinaya, Polushkina Street 118, (42341) 4-71-60, 6-31-25

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