Vladivostok is a very large port city on the Pacific Ocean with a population of over 500,000 people. The name Vladivostok in Russian means “Overlord of the East”. The Chinese first founded Vladivostok and Russia acquired the port after China lost the Opium War of 1860.
The main industry of Vladivostok is primarily shipping and Military as it is a very significant naval base. Other notable industries contributing to the economy include fishing, car manufacturing and commercial food production.
With its navel history one of the best places to see is the Vladivostok Memorial S-56 Submarine Museum. The S-56 Submarine was once part of an active fleet of 30 boats and you can hop onboard via the hatch.
More military history can be found at the Vladivostok Fortress Museum. The museum is located in the actual defensive fortifications built in 1917 that were once considered an engineering marvel of Russia. The fort is complete with two cannon yards that house the 9-inch coastal canons.
Another great historical attraction is the Museum of Automotive Antiquity. The motor museum features rare vintage cars, motorbikes and motoring equipment of yesteryear. Some of the vehicles and exhibits date back to the war era. The Museum is located at 2a Sakhalinskaya Street in Vladivostok.
For some sight seeing of the city the hot spot is Svetlanskaya Street, one of the cities oldest and main streets. There are several Heritage listed buildings and one of the most favourite amongst visitors is the Versailles Hotel build back in 1895.
While in Vladivostok it is also well worth visiting nearby Russky Island. The island was once part of Russian military defences and today is being transformed for Eco tourism with plans underway to build a world-class resort on the island. The Island will also be the site for the upcoming 2012 APEC summit.
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