General City Information

“Vladivostok” literally means “The Ruler of the East”. It is built on the hills around the “The Golden Horn” bay. With the population of over 600 000 inhabitants the town today is the most important port of Russia at the East. It is the capital of the Primorsky Krai region. Because of its close proximity to the Chinese border and the ferry links to Japan, economically Vladivostok is very important. The town is an important eastern stop on the route of the Trans Sib. Express. Vladivostok was the main base of the Soviet Pacific Fleet and therefore was closed to the regular foreign tourists. At 1991 this policy was relaxed and foreign visitors no longer require a special permit to enter city’s boundaries. However, Vladivostok is still the base for several civil shipping companies as well as the far-east Russian Fleet.

In 1859 a bay within the gulf was discovered. By decree of the governor it has been called “The Golden Horn”. On 20th of June 1860 by a fortress was erected. In 1852, the outpost of Vladivostok officially became a port. With the purpose to encourage foreign trade, a Free Trade Port Status was granted to Vladivostok. Nadezhda Gorelka was the first child born in Vladivostok (27.9.1863). In 1871 the town became the most important Russian port at the Pacific Ocean and therefore developed very quickly. Administrative buildings were constructed and large commercial companies and factories were established.

The region Primorsky Krai is the furthest Russian territory on south-east. Its climate defined by its subtropical latitude and the proximity of cold Pacific Ocean. High temperatures of summers interchange with the cold of winters and the monsoon season. Typhoons are common. Average temperatures in July reach +20°. Most land is covered in dense vegetation. Many of the parts of the region have not suffered from any human activity. The legendary Amur tiger is running free on the southern planes of the region.

The region has the largest sea fishing community of the Far East. Vladivostok has many shipyards and machinery manufacturing plants. But the heart of the town is its port. The passenger and container port have 16 landing stages with a total length of 4190 m.

Japanese and Korean cars dominate the streets of the city. Several theaters, philharmonic concert hall various art galleries and a circus provide cultural background of Vladivostok. The famous Museum of History, Archaeology and Ethnology have a unique collection related to the life of aborigines and their state of Bohai in the Far East.

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