To many world-wide travelers seeking adventure, Russian Far East is a very desirable place to visit, and of course if you are going to visit this region, you do not want to miss seeing famous sea port, Vladivostok.
Vladivostok, meaning “Lord of East” in Russian, is located just across Sea of Japan but a very distant 6,200 miles east of Moscow.
Interestingly, this beautiful sea port city was so far from center of communist rule, when Russia was better known as Soviet Union, that it was not until 1954 that a leader of USSR visited this city.
I am talking about Nikita Khrushchev, a man who became famous, worldwide, for his eccentric statements and actions. He was first one to call Vladivostok “Russian San-Francisco” which in many ways is a fairly accurate comparison.
Like San Francisco, city of Vladivostok is located on a hilly region surrounded by a bay, in this case Gold Horn Bay Visitors who arrive to this city enjoy spectacular view, which is surprisingly similar to San Francisco.
Vladivostok is also home port of Russian Navy’s pacific fleet, and there are hundreds of military ships and submarines located in Gold Horn Bay. As a result of this, city of Vladivostok was a closed region for more than 70 years.
Vladivostok was city for a military installation, and even Russian citizens wanting to visit relatives, were forbidden to travel to this city without special permits and passes. It was not until year of 1992 that Vladivostok was officially opened for foreign visitors as well as rest of Russian population.
Today thousands of tourists from all over world travel to Vladivostok. Some take wonderful 7 day journey from Moscow on Trans Siberian Railway, while others prefer to travel to Japan or China, and finally finishing their adventure by arriving at Russian “Lord of East”. Many travelers make exciting journey by ship, going to every worlds’ major sea port including Vladivostok.