Escorted Rail Tours to Khabarovsk
Experience an unexpectedly colourful and cosmopolitan Russian city
A stop on the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway, Khabarovsk is a surprisingly attractive city with a cosmopolitan feel and, possessing a wealth of museums, unspoilt parks and historic squares, is a city which amply rewards exploration.
Khabarovsk is the second largest city in Khabarovsk Krai, a federal region in easternmost Russia, and lies just nineteen miles from the country's border with China. Established where the Rivers Amur and Ussuri meet, the area in which Khabarovsk is situated is believed to have been inhabited for many centuries by Tungusic settlers from eastern Siberia, but from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century Khabarovsk and its surrounding lands were the subject of battles for ownership between Russian Cossacks and Manchurian invaders from north eastern China.
Since the city of Khabarovsk was ceded by China and returned to Russia in 1858, the city has flourished both as a centre of industry and of culture. Today, Khabarovsk has broken free of the stereotypical image of the concrete grey, lifeless and insular Russian city to become a popular destination with an almost Mediterranean feel, helped by a temperate and sunny summer climate. That coastal resort atmosphere is helped by the presence of Khabarovsk's own small beach, created on the shore of the River Amur. Ideal for sunbathing, but not swimming, Central Beach makes it easy to forget that the nearest true coastline is almost two hundred miles away.