Vladivostok, Largest Port City of Russia

Vladivostok ©paukrus/flickr

Vladivostok ©paukrus/flickr

The biggest Russian port city at the wild east on the Pacific Ocean is Vladivostok, great for walking wandering. Sopki are a long-dead volcanic hills. Very interesting buildings that rose from different levels and different eras all right in front of your eyes. Suddenly a shiny new casino is right next to a gutted wooden house at the foot of a Krushchevsky apartment block. Amazingly all these you still see sights of the sea and sky.

Zolotoy Rog Bay

Located at the end of the Golden Horn Bay or Zolotoy Rog Bay which is a sheltered horn-shaped bay separated from the Peter the Great Gulf of the Sea of Japan. Vladivostok is the home port of the Russian Pacific Fleet. There are two giant cable-stayed bridges getting ready for the 2012 APEC forum, one called the Zolotoy Rog bridge and the other Russky Island Bridge that leads you from the mainland to Russky Island. Other than that the bridge leading to this island is going to be the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge which makes it a must see, there are things to do in Vladivostok too. For example the Arseniev Regional Museum is a historic mansion dated back to 1906. It gives an insight into the history of the region and Vladivostok especially, with lots of display from local flora and fauna species to the historical objects at the 20 Svetlanskaya Street.

Vladivostok Botanical Garden

Vladivostok ©iv_neviz/flickr

Vladivostok ©iv_neviz/flickr

Established in 1948, the Vladivostok Botanical Garden opens daily from 10am to 6pm, the garden is in the resort area between the city and the airport. It has a total area of 178 hectares with natural forests. The rare plants in the greenhouses are from all continents.

Far Eastern taiga

Cedar, spruce, lianas and Amur marigold are also available. On the eastern side of the garden are mostly fir-deciduous forests and the western side are Oak forests.

Hiking

This is an ideal place for hiking on the two kilometers of ecological path, passing along the forests territory and check out the formation of South Primorye’s black fir broadleaves forests. It has thirty-one kinds of trees and more than twenty kinds of bushes. If you like coniferous species like Fir, Korean Cedar, Mongolian oak, linden, maples as well agrarian decorative plants like peonies lilies that has adapted to the Primorsky region, this is exactly the place you need to visit.

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