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Mount Livadiyskaya (Pidan)

Mount Livadiyskaya, part of the Sikhote Alin mountains, is better known under its old name: Pidan. This is the most popular, the most visited, and the most mysterious mountain in South Primorye. Pidan’s popularity is linked to its accessibility: 2-½ hours from Vladivostok by train, and then a little more than 3 hours by foot through the taiga. Some people believe Pidan has strong energy and call the mountain magical and mystical.

Shamora seaside

Shamora is a favorite vacation spot for Vladivostok citizens. It is a sandy beach about 30 km from the city with cafes, restaurants, vocational houses and attractions for children. Here people fly planes and gliders, jump on trampolines, and go windsurfing. The bay does not freeze in winter, and is half-open to the Sea of Japan, which brings Shamora serious ocean groundswells with regularity.

Izumrudnaya Dolina (Emerald Valley) Historical Park

The Izumrudnaya Dolina Park, just outside of Ussuriysk, 110 km from Vladivostok, is an outdoor history museum, located on a vast 60 hectares. The project initiators have recreated human dwellings from different eras and cultures: from the Stone Age to Cossack forts and Asian pagodas. Here you can learn how local medieval people lived: Balhae and Jurchen, become familiar with the culture of ancient Russia, and learn about the development of Siberia. Special attention is given to Primorye\\'s neighbors: Japan, Korea, and China. In the park, everyone can have a look at the work of a blacksmith and a potter, and attend themed holidays and ethnic festivals, such as “Eastern Summer” and “Maslenitsa”. There is plenty for entertainment: picnic gazebos, walking trails, playgrounds, a lotus lake, a place for fishing, the Labyrinth of Love, Dragon Park, an Oriental garden, and helpful guides not to get lost.


The Safari Park

The Safari Park is located about 70 km from Vladivostok. This is not a zoo where the animals are sitting in cages. Visitors can pet and even feed many of the animals. The Safari Park’s staff helps wounded and sick animals, releases recovering animals back into the wild, and provides education on the environment. Here the animals live freely in their familiar environment, albeit limited to a few hectares. The park is divided into sections: hoofed animals, predators, and birds. The guests view the tigers from a safe place, a surveillance platform lifted to a height of several meters. The Safari Park is also home to wolves (including the rare red wolf), Japanese raccoon dogs, bears, Far Eastern forest cats, small Sitka deer and Far Eastern red deer, wild boars. The birds are presented by hawks, owls, eagle owls, pheasants and others.


Vladivostok Fortress

The old Vladivostok Fortress is the city’s most popular and distinct sight. This complex of unique fortifications is considered one of the most powerful coastal fortresses in the world: it is a giant compound that includes numerous facilities and units scattered over a vast territory, from the suburbs of Vladivostok to the islands of the Peter the Great Bay.

The Vladivostok fortress has not been involved in military actions, however, the mere fact of its existence accomplished its mission: the military power of the fortress was so imposing that nobody dared to attack the city.


Shtykovskie Ponds

Shtykovskie Ponds is not an ordinary recreation spot: it is a park with wooden architecture, that can be interesting for people of different ages to visit. There are many amenities such as peace benches, wooden playgrounds, rope adventure courses and hammocks swinging between trees. The park is located in an ecological area, 80 km far from Vladivostok.

People come to the park to spend some days in comfortable small houses, as well as to spend just a day, enjoying fresh air, cooking barbecue and doing sports. In winter, there are ski and tubing tracks, a skating rink.

The Ponds area offers special workshops where children and adults can spend some hours making chocolates, sculpting pots, felting wool, fusing glass, etc.


Botanical Gardens

Botanical Garden-Institute of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences is the largest botanical garden in the Far East of Russia. Botanical Garden-Institute is a protected natural area of federal significance. Botanical Garden-Institute conducts scientific researches on plant conservation, plant ecology, vegetation ecology, phytogeography, environment protection, as well as accomplishes educational programs, organizes conferences, trainings & seminars.

The botanical garden has many different plants (more than 3100 open soil species). There are 780 species of tropical and subtropical plants in the greenhouses. 
The best time to visit is September and October: colorful landscapes, all in gold and red colors. There are some very well designed beds that feature a wide variety of plants, perennials and annuals alike, the ornamental section, the wooded area - a beautiful mixed forest populated by birch, oak, fir and pine.  The understory features a handful of fern species, several deciduous shrubs (Ribes among them), a few berry bushes and various ground plants. There are also geese, swans and fish in the pools.