Eight hours of flight from Moscow, seven days from there by train and here it is – a city on the banks of the Amur. Khabarovsk is not only the administrative capital of the Far Eastern Federal District, but also the heart of the region. By the way, the one where the Far Eastern hectares are distributed. If you are not yet ready to master the virgin lands, you can just take a walk around the city and its environs. Suddenly there will be a desire to move. So, what can you see in the Far Eastern capital?
It will be interesting to spend a weekend in Khabarovsk for residents of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Vladivostok, Birobidzhan, Blagoveshchensk and other nearby cities, the road from which will not take long.
The approximate travel budget for one person is from 3 700 rubles *.
- Round-trip train tickets from RUB 1,850 *. You can fly from Moscow to Khabarovsk every day. Prices start at 10,793 rubles * one way. The flight lasts an average of 8-10.5 hours.
- 1 night in a hostel – from 250 rubles * or in a 3 * hotel – from 1,500 rubles *;
- The average bill in a cafe is 400 rubles;
- Walking around the city, travel in public transport, souvenirs – 800 rubles.
Square them. Lenin
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The main and one of the most beautiful squares in the city is named after V.I. Lenin. Here is a monument to him and, as it should be, the regional government. But if we abstract from the officialdom, at any time of the year it is really a place of rest. In summer, fountains that are refreshing. In winter, there is the main city tree and dozens of ice figures. It is here that the international competition “Ice Fantasy” takes place. Craftsmen compete in skillful carving on snow and ice cubes. Moreover, not only the finished sculptures are mesmerizing, but the process of creation.
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The central street is the historical part of the city. There are many architectural monuments here. Most of the brightest were built at the beginning of the 19th century. The street is full of shops, souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants. You can have a snack here on a budget in pizzerias or in restaurants with Japanese, German, Pan-Asian or European cuisine. In the summer, one of the blocks on this street turns into an open air. Artists write and immediately sell their works. By the way, you can order your own portrait. The cost of paintings is from 1500 rubles. The Muravyov-Amursky street ends with Komsomolskaya square. Here is a monument to the Heroes of the Civil War, and the Assumption Cathedral. And, of course, an observation deck on the Amur River.
Nevelskoy Embankment and Amursky Utes
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A hundred steps down from Komsomolskaya Square and you are on the embankment. In 2013, it was all under water due to the largest flood in the new history of Khabarovsk. The embankment was restored, and now pleasure boats leave from here. On one of them you can drive under the Amur bridge – the same one that is depicted on the five thousandth bill. If you decide to ride in the evening, then a disco on board will be a bonus to the beautiful view of Khabarovsk at night.
There is a Cliff on the embankment. It is he who usually decorates commemorative Khabarovsk postcards. It has an observation deck with a breathtaking view of the Amur sunsets. If you stay in Khabarovsk, then you will have the opportunity to go to China – no more than an hour and a half to the border town of Fuyuan by the motor ship “Meteor”. There is no need to worry about a visa – the travel agency from which you purchase a ticket is engaged in its registration.
The cost of tickets for pleasure boats: adults – 350 rubles, children – 150 rubles.
Departure: once an hour from 12:00 to 00:00.
Tour cost to Fuyuan from 3000 rubles.
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Who hasn’t held the five thousandth bill in their hands? Here it is its main element – the Khabarovsk Bridge or the Amur Miracle. Two and a half kilometers, part of the Trans-Siberian Railway and the Amur federal highway. The photo on the bill was taken from a hill nearby. Namely, from the so-called Infendel Tower. This object of lovers of places a la “Stalker”: an unfinished building with its own ambiguous history. The structure is also called the Crow’s Nest and is shrouded in legends. Here are ghosts, and gatherings of Satanists, and mysterious signs. Much has been mixed, it all depends on the imagination and receptivity of the tourist. Well, what you definitely can’t argue with is a beautiful view – the photos from this point will be the most memorable.
The tower can be reached by buses going from the bus station to the village. Priamursky or by taxi. From the center it will cost 250-300 rubles.
Recreation center “Zaimka”
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In 20-30 minutes by taxi from the city center you can get to Zaimka Plyusnina. Several hotels, restaurants and lots of entertainment. Both children and adults will find something to do here. Equipped beach, tennis court, swimming pool and sauna. In summer, all kinds of trampolines, ATV trips, in winter: ski slopes, tubing and skate rental. The complex also offers thematic programs, for example “children’s holidays” or “romantic night”.
Address: Krasnorechenskoye village, Imperatorskaya street, 5
A taxi from the city center will cost about 250 rubles.
Zoo “Priamursky” named after V.P. Sysoeva
There is no full-fledged zoo in Khabarovsk, but there is a zoo where you can see representatives of wildlife. About 150 representatives of the local fauna live on an area of almost 6 hectares. Almost all pets are inhabitants of the Far East. An African lion has recently joined their company. The animals live in spacious enclosures. The zoo is inscribed in the natural landscape, it seems as if it has always been here.
Working hours: from April 1 to September 30 from 10:00 to 19:00, from October 1 to March 31 from 10:00 to 18:00, closed on Monday **
Entrance fee: 300 rubles
Petroglyphs of Sikachi-Alyan (Amur petroglyphs)
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Amur petroglyphs are rock carvings, the first of which are dated to the 12th-9th centuries BC. Archaeologists suggest that the wild horses depicted on the boulders were found in the Amur region only during the Ice Age. Also on the boulders you can see images of a mammoth and Nanai spirits. This place is sacred for indigenous peoples, shamanic rituals are still not uncommon here. The rock paintings are included in the preliminary UNESCO World Heritage List. The most comfortable way to get to the village is by taxi, and there everyone will tell you where to look for petroglyphs. Nearby there is an original courtyard, where you can feel the atmosphere of the Amur region and taste national dishes.
Location: Sikachi-Alyan village (70 km from the city center)
The approximate cost of a taxi is 2000 rubles
A bus ticket is 153 rubles one way. Buses leave from the bus station every day.
Contacts of the national village: sikachi-alyan.ru
Photo: @sopka_restaurant / Instagram.com
You don’t have to go out of town to taste Far Eastern cuisine. In the center, near Glory Square, there is the Sopka restaurant, which was erected right on the river bank. A stunning panorama opens from the windows. All Far Eastern delicacies are here: Kamchatka crab, smelt, Far Eastern salmon and other delicious seafood. The cost of food here is above the average in the city, but gourmets say that it is worth it.
Restaurant website: sopka-restaurant.com
Working hours: daily from 12:00 to 00:00 **
Location: Kavkazskaya street, 20
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Go down from the main Lenin Square to Ussuriysky Boulevard, and you will find yourself in front of the city ponds. It is a pleasure to walk here: the paved paths meander under the treetops. Since May, fountains have been operating on the first pond, which all summer delight vacationers with a music and laser show. There is a Chinese restaurant on the second pond. It is like a space dish floating above the water. Along the ponds, there are bronze statuettes of Soviet cartoon characters. Popular festivities take place on the main alley in winter.
Location: on Ussuriysky Boulevard between Dikopoltseva and Pushkin streets
Fountains are open from May 1 to September 30
* Prices for travel and accommodation are indicated at the time of writing. The cost indicated in the material and the final price may differ depending on the season and the time for which tickets are purchased.
** The operating hours of the organizations are indicated at the time of publication of the text. Opening hours may vary depending on the season.
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