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New Tourist Routes Appeared On the Website of the Irkutsk Region Tourism Agency
29.08.2017 00:59
New Tourist Routes Appeared On the Website of the Irkutsk Region Tourism Agency

 A new information resource for tourists, which is a collection of interactive maps of the most popular routes, appeared on the website of the tourism agency of the Irkutsk region, the press service of the regional government said.

      The resource was developed by the Central Emergency Management Department for the region with the assistance of the regional fire and rescue service. Tourist routes are divided into types - foot, bicycle, water, etc., and by categories of complexity. This information resource will allow everyone who is planning a trip to get acquainted with useful information about the features of the chosen route, potential dangers on the route, availability for certain categories of citizens, necessary equipment, complexity category. The information resource is available on the website of the Irkutsk Region Tourism Agency in the section "Tourist routes".

      With the cultural heritage of its aristocratic exiles, the Asian influence of nearby Mongolia and China and the easy accessibility of the Lake Baikal, Irkutsk is one of the most appealing cities in Russia. Certainly, the biggest attraction in Irkutsk is Lake Baikal, which is near enough for a day trip. The lake is world famous for its pure cold waters, unique flora and fauna and unforgettable views of the biggest water body in the continent. There are also nature reserves around the lake, which total more than a million hectares. In 1996, UNESCO declared the lake and its surrounding basin to be a National World Heritage Site. Moreover, the city of Irkutsk is worth visiting as well. The city has a number of old churches, museums and other historic buildings. 

      Irkutsk Region has a population of 2,786,200 people. The population density is 3,4 persons per sq km (while average figures for Russia is 8,7 persons per sq km). Among the major nationalities are the Russians - 88,5% , the Ukrainians -3,4%, the Buryats - 2,7%. The smallest ethnic group is the Tofy (630 persons that live in eastern Sayan). Irkutsk Region is divided into 33 regions and has 22 cities. 

      The hub of the Eastern Siberia, located on Angara River and only 66 kilometers distant from the lake Baikal, it has a reputation of the Paris of Siberia among many foreigners. Though the vast territory of Russia behind the Urals has for a long time been considered wild, dangerous and barbarous by not only people overseas, but also Russians themselves, the real image of Irkutsk doesn’t fit in with a life’s conception of the land called Siberia. Irkutsk is the administrative, cultural, scientific centre of the Eastern Siberia, not to even mention its industrial and trade importance. Due to its geographical location, the city has been a large trade spot historically, which implies, that its economical benefits provide avenues to cultural, scientific and educational development. With its 36 institutions and colleges, Irkutsk is often called the city of youth and students: the locals and young people from the nearby areas get higher education in the city. Young age of Irkutsk`s population (31.5 years on the average) adds only one bit to the expressive image of the whole city. Combining contrasts, great nature, culture and the pure spirit of Siberia, Irkutsk always makes a distinct impression on those who come there for the first time. One of the best and descriptive outlines of the city was made by the local writer Valentin Rasputin, who wrote:” Weathered by history and life Irkutsk stands now, calm and wise, knowing its own value, moderately famous for its glory, past and present, moderately modest, cultured since olden times and traditionally hospitable; so stands Irkutsk, blessed with the long exacting memory of its wood and stone, observing with love and not a little wonder the deeds of its present-day citizens giving them paternal protection from the heat and cold; giving them life, shelter, work, a homeland and eternity”.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina


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