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Old Posted Jul 12, 2018, 8:04 PM
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Vladivostok //forgotten gem

My last stop in Russia was Vladivostok, located in the Russian Far East about 40 miles east of China and 80 miles northeast of DPRK. As a whole, this may have been my favorite city in Russia. It had a bit of a cosmopolitan feel in contrast to some other Russian cities. The hilly terrain surrounded by water and the architectural vibe reminded me a lot of Vancouver and SF. I definitely recommend checking it out if you're in Manchuria, Korea or Japan. It's a nice cultural contrast given its close proximity.
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Old Posted Jul 12, 2018, 9:45 PM
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That place is so surreal. I can't get over just how far away it is from the rest of main Russia. I wonder what it'd be like to live there.
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Very cool pics.

Always boggles my mind that there is a majority European ethnic major city in Far East Asia.

I have been curious to go there for a long time.
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Astounding photos. Vladivostok has always fascinated me, just because it is SO isolated.
But I must say, this is NOT what I expected it to look like, at all. It looks fun... growing... vibrant... full of character... beautiful even! Thanks so much for opening my eyes!
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Really cool. It's distance from Moscow (about 6,000 KM!!) must be why this city doesn't seem to exude that Russian "heaviness".

Do many Chinese live there? Any cultural influence from the nearby countries?
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Awesome thread ! You really captured the soul of Vladivostok.
I went there in 2011 and again in 2013, and I agree with you, it's also probably my favorite city in Russia.
It's like the perfect mix between Russian character and international flavor, gritty neighborhoods and new developments. And the city is changing so fast.
When I went there in 2011, there was no bridge, two years later there were these two massive suspension bridges. And countless of new highrises being built.
I can't wait to return to this city : actually one of my future travel plans is to go back to Vladivostok (maybe only by using trains from Nantes, if I'm brave enough) and then take a ferry to Japan (I've never been there, and I've always thought how cool it would be to go there while not taking any plane).
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That place is so surreal. I can't get over just how far away it is from the rest of main Russia. I wonder what it'd be like to live there.

I was thinking the same thing. Seems like this place is well positioned to be a great city location-wise. You would think its proximity to major east Asian cities has got to work in its favor.

Thanks for the awesome photos. A place I hadn't thought much about. I'm really interested now.
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nice snaps, but if anything this looks more like vancouver and sf’s ghetto nephew. it reeks of corruption, because its a beautiful setting and should be better, at least to be considered in that league. maybe its just what you focused on tho, i’d like to see more of the newer stuff and maybe some more residential neighborhoods. however, it definately has one of my favorite city names, it rolls off the tongue well.
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Thanks for the great pics. It looks like a gritty and fascinating place to live.
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Great pictures.
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Vladivostok looks like a city that is rundown and gritty but with potential; beautiful natural setting, a nice bridge and many new buildings under construction.
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^ my next door neighbor did this trans-siberian rail trip back in the 1980s and he tells me about it. i would love to do it someday.
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A very strange, odd and kinda creepy city. Quite a bizarre urban fabric overall, commie blocks and slums around contour lines. I don't see the place becoming anything as long as it's attached to slimy Russia, they're only really interested in exploiting the lower tier cities.

Thanks for the pics
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A very strange, odd and kinda creepy city. Quite a bizarre urban fabric overall, commie blocks and slums around contour lines. I don't see the place becoming anything as long as it's attached to slimy Russia, they're only really interested in exploiting the lower tier cities.
What a strange comment...
1. There isn't anything you could call slum in Vladivostok. Sure, there is a lot of grit in some neighborhoods, like what you could find in some American or European cities, but no slum.
2. There is actually a lot of construction going on in the city.
3. Russia actually put a lot of money to improve the city in the last decade (thus the construction of two suspension bridges, of a new airport terminal, etc.) when it was decided to turn Vladivostok into a modern facade of Russia for the Asia-Pacific area.
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The bridges are vanity projects for Russia to flex, they were hardly advantageous to the city. The largest one goes to an island that's 90% uninhabited and leads nowhere, totally useless for the citizens.

Slum is used pretty loosely here, maybe they're not Cape Town slums but the housing below the commie blocks aren't pleasant.
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What a strange comment...
1. There isn't anything you could call slum in Vladivostok. Sure, there is a lot of grit in some neighborhoods, like what you could find in some American or European cities, but no slum.
2. There is actually a lot of construction going on in the city.
3. Russia actually put a lot of money to improve the city in the last decade (thus the construction of two suspension bridges, of a new airport terminal, etc.) when it was decided to turn Vladivostok into a modern facade of Russia for the Asia-Pacific area.

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I was thinking the same thing. Seems like this place is well positioned to be a great city location-wise. You would think its proximity to major east Asian cities has got to work in its favor.
It's proximity to Asian markets is probably offset by it's incredible distance from the rest of the Russian economy. I would imagine it's much more efficient to ship something from Singapore through the Suez and up the Black Sea than it is to send it to Vladivostok and train it 6000 km to Moscow. Unless the source of some major Russian export is located closer to the East Coast than it is to the core population centers, the city probably remains relatively obscure in the Russian economy.

Edit: A quick Wikipedia search says fishing makes up the vast majority of the city's economy, which makes sense. Although apparently it is a major importer of Japanese cars. Cars are one thing probably easier to ship by train than by boat given the high weight but odd shape.
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Given the exciting topography of this city, it has tons of potential to become, may we say, the San Francisco of Russia?

I would much rather visit this city in Russia then Moscow or St. Petersburg.

If they did it up right, this city could attract lots of tourists from Japan, Korea and China.

I'm also guessing it's in the Pacific Rim earthquake zone. Has there been a quake there in the past?
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