Theme Week Russia – Vladivostok on the Golden Horn

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Center of Vladivostok and Golden Horn © Владимир КОБЗАРЬ/cc-by-sa-3.0

Center of Vladivostok and Golden Horn © Владимир КОБЗАРЬ/cc-by-sa-3.0

Vladivostok is a city and the administrative center of Primorsky Krai located at the head of the Golden Horn Bay, not far from Russia’s borders with China and North Korea. The population of the city is 592,000. The city is the home port of the Russian Pacific Fleet and the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean.

In 2012, Vladivostok hosted the 24th Summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. In preparation for the event, the infrastructure of the city was renovated and improved, including the renovation and upgrading of Vladivostok International Airport and the construction of the new campus of Far Eastern Federal University. Two giant cable-stayed bridges were constructed in Vladivostok, namely the Zolotoy Rog Bridge over the Golden Horn Bay in the center of the city, and the Russky Bridge from the mainland to Russky Island, where the summit took place. The latter bridge is the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world.

The highest point is Mount Kholodilnik, the height of which is 257 meters (843 ft). Eagle’s Nest Hill is often called the highest point of the city; however, with the height of only 199 meters (653 ft), or 214 meters (702 ft) according to other sources, it is the highest point of the downtown area, but not of the whole city.

Hyatt Regency Golden Horn © Zombiyaic/cc-by-sa-3.0 GUM, former Kunst & Albers Department Store © defenseimagery.mil - CDR Alan Dooley © Andshel/cc-by-sa-3.0 Egersheld peninsula and Vladivostok container terminal © Russian.dissident Triumphal Arch - Tsar Nikolay © Russian.dissident Center of Vladivostok and Golden Horn © Владимир КОБЗАРЬ/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Center of Vladivostok and Golden Horn © Владимир КОБЗАРЬ/cc-by-sa-3.0
The city’s main industries are shipping, commercial fishing, and the naval base. Fishing accounts for almost four-fifths of Vladivostok’s commercial production. Other food production totals 11%.

A very important employer and a major source of revenue for the city’s inhabitants is the import of Japanese cars. Besides salesmen, the industry employs repairmen, fitters, import clerks as well as shipping and railway companies. The Vladivostok dealers sell 250,000 cars a year, with 200,000 going to other parts of Russia. Every third worker in the Primorsky Krai has some relation to the automobile import business. In recent years, the Russian government has made attempts to improve the country’s own car industry. This has included raising tariffs for imported cars, which has put the car import business in Vladivostok in difficulties. To compensate, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin ordered the car manufacturing company Sollers to move one of its factories from Moscow to Vladivostok. The move was completed in 2009, and the factory now employs about 700 locals. It is planned to produce 13,200 cars in Vladivostok in 2010.

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