The Russian Far East is a spacious area including 9 federal subjects of Russian Federation  located in its North-Eastern part at coast of the Pacific and the Arctic Oceans: The Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, The Jewish Autonomous Region, Kamchatka Territory (Note: You can find complete information about Kamchatka at separate part of our web site), Chukotka Autonomous District, the Maritime Territory, Khabarovsk Territory, Amur Region, Magadan Region, Sakhalin Region. In the South the Russian Far East borders on China, North Korea, Japan, in the North-East – on USA, in the East — on regions of Russian East Siberia (the Krasnoyarsk and the Transbaikal Territories, Irkutsk Region).

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Vladivostok was founded in 1860 as a military outpost at new Russian-Chinese border when vast territories (the Amur Region and the Maritime Territory of Russia now) were ceded by China to Russia. Today Vladivostok is the administrative, cultural and scientific center of Russian Far East, the main base of the Russian Pacific Navy. Due to its very advantageous location in close proximity of China, Korea and Japan the city plays important role as a center of political and business contacts of Russia in the Far East. The main street of Vladivostok is the Korabelnaya (the Ship) Embankment where you can acquaint with the history of the Russian Fleet including the period of WW II. Architectural pearls of the city are beautiful churches: St. Nicholas Cathedral (1907) built in memory of Russian soldiers and seamen lost during the Russo-Japanese War, the Intercession Church (1902) blown up by Bolsheviks in 1930s and restored in 2000s, the Catholic Church of Our Lady (1921).

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Vladivostok is the main base of the Russian Pacific Navy. That’s why the Russian Navy Days is celebrated in Vladivostok in a big way. At 11:00 the traditional parade of ships and show with demonstration of military engineering (including submarine, helicopters and aircrafts) at the water station of the Pacific Navy starts. Tug-boats will perform traditional waltz on the water accompanied with the Song and Dance Ensemble of the Russian Pacific Fleet. At 22:00 festive fireworks are held.

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Souvenirs & Insider Tips

The best souvenirs from all regions of the Russian Far East is authentic handicrafts of wood, birch, semi-precious stones and fur, skin and bones of reindeer and marine animals made by representatives of local aboriginal peoples but articles manufactured at local undertakings are also good). Your guide will suggest you the best places where you can purchase original, natural and qualitative local souvenirs.  

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  • 5 time zones
  • 4 climate zones
  • 50% of the territory are forests

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