In order to see the difference of the worlds beauty it is not necessary to travel all of it. It is enough to travel through only one country … Russia.
Almost, but 6,500 km to the east. It’s Altai Mountains, one of the most inaccessible places in Russia. They are sparsely populated, and there is the only city in the Republic of Altai (also the administrative center) – Gorno-Altaisk with a population of 60,000 people, the rest of the population lives in villages. The nearest railway station Biysk – 100 km. Locals say that the mythical Shambhala is somewhere here in the “Russian Tibet”.
This monastery is located in Buryatia, a hundred kilometers from Lake Baikal, not far from Ulan-Ude. Ivilginski temple was built in 1945, is the center of Russian Buddhism, and here is the residence of the Russian Hambo Lama. As part of the datsan – the seven churches and the university, where the monks are trained to serve in other temples of Buryatia.
Vladivostok. There is a bay called the Golden Horn. Cable-stayed bridge across it was constructed in 2012 for the APEC summit. Back in 1959 Nikita Khrushchev wanted to build something like this bridge so Vladivostok would be better than San Francisco, but then the bridge was never built.
Melbourne can not be confused with Vladivostok, but the Japan Sea coast can easily be mistaken for the Australian coast. Moneron Island in the Tatar Strait reminds of the island from the series “Lost.” In Primorye, which is called the gateway to Asia, there are many rare animal species such as the Amur tiger.
Stone statues – a common occurrence for the islands of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, but not for the plateau deep in the taiga. Huge stone pillars on the plateau Manpupuner in the Komi Republic – a geological monument, included in the list of the Seven Wonders of Russia. Millions of years ago, there were high mountains, but the wind and rain gradually destroyed them. These are located far from inhabited places. Only prepared tourists can walk there on foot or another way -by helicopter. Mansi people have a lot of legends dedicated to this place, in past stone idols were worshiped.
No, it Avacha Bay Kamchatka. The second largest bay in the world 24 kilometers long. Able to accommodate the entire world’s fleet. Vilyuchinsky, Avachinskiy and Koryak volcanoes can be overlooked from it. At the entrance to the bay there are rocks Three Brothers – a natural monument and symbol of the city Petropalovska Kamchatka and Avacha Bay. Bay – is the main gate for people and goods arriving to the peninsula, and in the rocks around there are caves, that can be reached only by boat.
Sometimes St. Petersburg is called the Venice of the North. This is one of the largest ports in Russia, tourists and residents love its drawbridges, beautiful promenade and romantic white nights, architecture, and a huge number of picturesque lanes and courtyards.
Stone forest, China?
No, this is another UNESCO World Heritage Site – Lena Pillars. Rocks from which they were formed, began to form 540-560 million years ago. Wooded red sandstone pillars are reflected in the calm waters of the Lena River. You can reach them – by boat from Yakutsk, where natural park is located. In addition, there is an observation platform at a height of one hundred meters above the ground, so that you can see the beauty of Siberian nature.
Almost. Zelenogradsk is a city on the Baltic Sea in the Kaliningrad region of Russia. As you know, earlier Kaliningrad was Konigsberg, which was founded in 1255 by the Knights of the Teutonic Order. After the Second World War, the area became part of the Soviet Union, so there remained mostly European culture.
Kronotsky Volcano is located in the eponymous national park in Kamchatka and strongly resembles Mount Fuji. Kronotsky National Park – one of the oldest natural reserves in Russia. There are many geysers and hot springs, the Valley of Geysers is one of the Seven Wonders of Russia. One of the largest geyser field in the world and the only one in Eurasia.