Introduction to Vladivostok

The biggest Southern-Russian port city-Vladivostok is in the far-east region of Asia. It serves as the ultimate stop of the Trans-Siberian train as it overlooks Japan Sea. Over the last several years, Vladivostok has seen an influx of Chinese immigrant workers while witnessing Russians relocate towards the East – mainly Moscow or St. Petersburg.

Located geographically on slopes of a knoll and proximal to Japan, China and Korea, it is a different Russia, with a mix of Asian symbols. For instance, streets are dense with Japanese cars, traffic is a chaos, water and power shut-off incidences are common, and accommodation is not plenty either.

Volcanic indulgences have led to an undulated terrain, and one will notice numerous uphill roads and slopes. Turn to any side and you are bound to notice sea at sight. Despite being southwards of Sochi, the Winter Olympics site, weather in Vladivostok can be capricious – sky appearing overcast in May (typical summer in Asia), sweaty in June, and chilly in January with clear blue skies! Unpredictable weather coupled with the sea-side winds could complicate travel, so be prepared.

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