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Karelia Is Actively Promoting Its Tourist Cluster In China
4.09.2017 15:53
Karelia Is Actively Promoting Its Tourist Cluster In China

Karelia is actively promoting its tourist cluster in China, in the near future an agreement on cooperation with the province of Fujian will be signed, said the head of the republic Arthur Parfenchikov on Friday at a meeting with the Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev.

He noted that the republic was actively engaged in attracting tourists from China: the region is getting ready to start work with Chinese tour operators, in the near future press tours for Chinese journalists will be held. In addition, on Chinese television, it is planned to show programs about Karelia.

      "The Republic of Karelia and Fujian Province in China began to cooperate closely, it is important to cooperate in the field of tourism, when they (Chinese tourists) come here, they should see worthy conditions.  Karelia is a very good region for tourism," - N.Patrushev said during the meeting.

      The Republic of Karelia is situated in northwestern Russia and borders with Leningrad Region and Vologda Region on the south, with Murmansk Region on the north, and with Arkhangelsk Region on the east. The western border of Karelia coincides with the state border between the Russian Federation and Finland. On the north-east the republic’s shores are washed by the White Sea. The administrative center is Petrozavodsk. The region covers an area of 180,500 sq km. The territory is mostly represented by hilly plains with the picturesque scenery created by green taiga traversed by rivers and embellished with numerous mirrors of lakes. The magnificent landscape has preserved impressive traits created by the ice shelves and ancient mountains. About half of the area is covered with forests. Water surface makes up for around 25% of the territory of the republic. There are more then 60,000 lakes and some 27,000 rivers in Karelia. Numerous lakes with stony, sometimes even rocky shores are among the major symbols of this taiga region. The major lakes are Ladoga, Onega, Segozero. Among rivers can be named the Vodla, the Suna, the Kem', the Vyg, etc. Karelia has long but relatively mild winters and cool summers. Average temperatures range from -13 ° for January to 16 ° for July. Average annual precipitation is around 500 mm. The republic enjoys favorable economical and geographical position thanks to its rich natural resources and to its closeness to the central industrial regions of Russia and Western Europe.

      The Republic of Karelia is a country, where many nationalities live together in peace. Karelians, Russians, Finns, Ukranians, Belorussians and dozens of other nationalities live in Karelia. At different times Karelia was a part of Finland, Sweden and Russia. It’ is a republic within Russia. Due to a close location to Finland, the locals are very accustomed to the Finnish language and culture. This fact finds its reflection in the nationhood and the national idea, which are characteristic only of the Karelia Region.


      Karelia is a wonderful country of blue lakes, waterfalls, hillocks and barren rock. Karelia is a unique museum of peasant culture, where epical poetry and traditional ceremony are cherished. The natural beauty, historical and cultural monuments, as well as, peaceful and friendly people have long lured visitors to Karelia. The best known tourist attractions are Kizhi Island on the Onega Lake and the monastery archipelago in Ladoga. Kizhi is famous for its many churches and old wooden architecture. In 1990, the entire Kizhi museum was added to Unesco's universal catalog of cultural heritage. The archipelago of Valaam with its monasteries is part of the living history of the Byzantine culture. You may also be interested in the national parks in Paanajarvi and Vodlozero, as well as, the preserve for the Karelian birch, Kivach waterfall and the healing spring with its iron bearing water.



Author: Anna Dorozhkina


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