Russian Far East
Total Population 605.049
Vladivostok is the only one
Vladivostok has nothing in common with a small Russian provincial town. It doesn't look like any Russian city at all.
Proximity to China was also reflected in Vladivostok: in the historical center of Vladivostok there is a district that the Chinese inhabited in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. "Millonka" was considered a hot spot; smuggling, opiate and gambling flourished there. In 1936, Chinatown was liquidated, the Chinese were sent to their historical homeland. Now in this area there are cafes, bars, galleries.
The main street isn't called Lenin street, but Ocean (Okeanskaya). In the south of Primorye there are many islands: 5 large and more than 20 small, just like in the tropics. And they are all next to the mainland, which is very important. The Russkiy island is one of the largest and it is associated with the military history of Vladivostok. Here you can find the Vladivostok fortress, which defended the city during the First World War, the Russo-Japanese War and the Second World War. Nowadays it is a military museum. In 2012, the island was connected to the mainland by a bridge. Cable-stayed bridges over the Golden Horn Bay and across the Eastern Bosphorus Strait were built in Vladivostok for the APEC summit. The Russkiy Bridge is the second highest bridge in the world and the Golden Bridge is mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records. One of the symbols of Vladivostok is the Lighthouse. People come there and recharge themselves: take pictures, collect shells and starfish. The lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouses in the Far East and one of the most beautiful places in Vladivostok. At low tide, you can easily go to the lighthouse, and at high tide, water rises and you can wet your feet.
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