Vladivostok is a pearl of the Russian Far East, its capital and the largest city with a population of more than 650,000 people. Vladivostok is a city in Russia, and serves as the eastern terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Vladivostok has a unique geographical location is of great interest to developers of international and domestic trade.
Vladivostok is now one of the most important regional centres in Russia. The city receives visitors from all over the world, hoping to find here unforgettable impressions and new business partners.
In 1991 Vladivostok was officially reopened to foreigners and foreign shipping. Since this time it has quickly regained its title as a cosmopolitan city. Now there are foreign consulates, correspondent offices of international media, hundreds of foreign firms opening district offices and creating joint venture enterprises, plus scores of foreign students studying in the cities higher educational institutes.
The region is also famous for its health resorts. Ocean, an international resort for children and teenagers, sprang up on the western shore of Ussuriisky Bay, in Emar Inlet. Wood clearings at which some boats cast anchor soon became streets and got their names from those boats. Lazurnaya Bay is the favourite summertime place of the locals.
There are a number of summer camps, resort hotels and health resorts famous for their comfort and calmness in the region. Vladivostok is one of Russia’s most southern cities, a tad farther south than even sunny Sochi, the weather is just capricious. It may be overcast in May, sweaty wet in June, freezing with clear blue skies in January. In wintertime the sloping streets make walking downright dangerous, but sunsets over the frozen bay are gorgeous, and you’ll see the locals dressed the way you imagine Russians should be dressed. Perhaps the best time to visit is September to October; the autumn gets a big share of clean, dry days and the taiga is turning colour.
Vladivostok has more than 130 monuments and memorial buildings, which can be related to the city’s cultural heritage. The Orthodox St Nicholas Church is being renovated and a new Methodist Church has been built.
Marine Cemetery has a fine memorial area, with a monument to the cruiser Varyag, a symbol of Russian seamen's heroism in the Russo-Japanese war. A wooden statue of three dolphins near the Seamen's Assembly hall commemorates another kind of courage and human greatness.
You can visit the Botanical Gardens and keep walking you’re in the taiga. Explore the hills. Dug in are stone forts, with more on nearby Russky Island. If you want secluded beaches, you’ll have to make a small effort, but they’re out there too. Or you should visit GUM, Vladivostok's oldest department store; the store which immediately became the city's landmark was set up by two German businessmen, Gustav Kunst and Adolf Albers. A truly encyclopedic store by any standard, the Kunst and Albers Trading House could offer anything that you wish.
Accommodation can be expensive, catering to visiting businessmen or groups of Chinese tourists. The restaurant or café scene is, for a city of such international locale, a little bleak. Too many world-wide travellers seeking adventure, the Russian Far East is a very desirable place to visit, and of course if you are going to visit this region, you do not want to miss seeing the famous sea port, Vladivostok.