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Мост соединяет Владивосток с островом Русским
The bridge connects Vladivostok with island Russky («Russian»)
Мост через бухту Золотой Рог
The bridge across the Zolotoi Rog («golden horn»)
A Window on the World
The capital of Primorye - Vladivostok - is inimitably picturesque: it is situated on the sea shores, it has a complex coastline, cozy small bays and hills upon which steep streets are climbing, the city being submitted to the relief but not to the geometry of the quarters. Despite the subtropical latitude, the climate can hardly be called paradisiacal: it is cold in winter, rainy in summer, windy in autumn.
In early September 2012, the summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) took place in Vladivostok for the first time in Russia. During the preparation to the summit, rebuilt anew was the Far-Eastern Federal University that housed the conferences of the heads of states, and two grandiose bridges were erected, across the Zolotoi Rog («golden horn») Bay and across the Northern Bosphorus Strait. In my view, those are the most grandiose architectural structures in Russia for the whole time that passed after the USSR disintegration in 1991.
Particularly grandiose is the Russky («Russian») Bridge connecting the mainland with the island of the same name. The whole structure bears against two grandiose bridge towers, each of them equaling the Eiffel Tower in height, the bridge roadway rising over the strait for 70 meters. It’s a 25-storeyed building! The world’s highest ship - the «Oasis of the Seas» cruiser - can pass under the bridge!
Vladivostok, no longer being a closed city, has demonstrated its unprecedented hospitality: thousands of tourists from all over the world wander along its streets and squares, go on sea tours. If Saint Petersburg is a window on Europe, then Vladivostok is a window on the world!
Над владивостокскими сопками встает солнце
Over the Vladivostok hills the sun rises