Where We Are
Where We Are
In the southeastern corner of the Far East, bordered by North Korea and China, the Primorsky Krai (often called Primorye or the Maritime Region) has long been off limits to foreigners due to its strategic military importance. Today the Krai has opened its door to the outside world with its ports and developed infrastructure. Currently, the Krai's main industries are shipping, fishing and fish processing, and timber exports. The Krai itself, although small, has a great abundance of wildlife, including the endangered "Siberian" tiger. Primorye is home to Russia's only marine nature preserve, situated south of Vladivostok.
Vladivostok is the largest Pacific port of Russia. The local time is 7 hours ahead of Moscow and 10 hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time.
The name of Vladivostok, meaning "Owner of the East", testifies to the important political role which the founders of the city dreamed of for the harbor in 1860.
On April 28, 1880 Vladivostok was elevated to status of a city. Its emblem, established in March, 1883 represents the tiger and two crossed anchors symbolizing the city's importance as the main Russian port in the Pacific.
The city was growing as a cultural and scientific center of the region. Traditional Russian culture was brought and developed here by educated navy officers. As the gate to the East, the multiethnic port city absorbed all colors of Asian cultures, interweaving them with the Russian design. A beautiful natural landscape is harmonized by multilevel amphitheater architecture, which combines Western and Eastern features. Vladivostok is a port bridged by friendship with many nations. It has been an open city since 1992. Strengthening its cultural and economic ties abroad, Vladivostok has 6 sister-city relationship around the world: Akita, Niigata and Hakodate in Japan; Pusan in Korea; Dalyan in China, Takoma and San Diego in the United States. Vladivostok is still young and full of energy. Its future is ahead.
Winter in Vladivostok is dry, frosty and sunny with little snow. Spring is warm and beautiful because of flourishing trees. Early summer, however, is humid and foggy. In July and August it is rather hot. The best season for tourism is so called ‘golden fall’.
So meet Vladivostok!