Destinations

Kamchatka

federal subject of Russia

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Altai Krai

federal subject of Russia

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Kizhi

island

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Moscow

capital city and the largest city of Russia; separate federal subject of Russia

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Lake Baikal

freshwater lake in Russia

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Kazan

city in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia

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Solovetsky Islands

far north in the White Sea and home to the beautiful Solovetsky Monastery, which has served as both a military fortress and a gulag throughout its tortuous history

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Saint Petersburg

federal city in Russia and the former capital

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Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, also spelled Uzno-Sakhalinsk and previously known in Japanese as Toyohara (豊原), is the largest city and capital of Sakhalin Oblast, in the Russian Far East, with a population of around 173,000. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is a booming oil town. While the city in general looks quite rough, it does have some beautiful buildings from the Japanese period, as well as some state-of-the-art buildings.

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Vladivostok

Russian city and the administrative center of Primorsky Krai

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Alexandrovsk-Sakhalinsky

town in Sakhalin Oblast, Russia

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Yekaterinburg

Russian city

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Irkutsk

city in eastern Russia

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Kholmsk

Kholmsk is a port town in Sakhalin Oblast facing the Tartar Strait, with a population of some 35,000 people. An utterly drab city, the only reason to visit here is the ferry connection to the mainland.

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Korsakov

human settlement in Sakhalin Oblast, Russia

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Okha

human settlement in Okhinsky District, Sakhalin Oblast, Russia

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Nogliki

Nogliki is a city in on the island of Sakhalin in Russian Far East, roughly 2/3 up the island. The name is a canny reference to the booming oil business here as it's derived from the indigenous Nivkh word noghl-vo which means 'smelling-village'. Around 10,000 people live here, and as the intro might suggest - it's one of the main population centers for the Nivkh tribe.

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Nizhny Novgorod

capital of the Volga Federal District in Russia

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Golden Ring

city

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Volgograd

city in Volgograd Oblast, Russia

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Sochi

city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia

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Sights

Chechnya

republic of Russia, federal subject of Russia

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Dagestan

federal subject of Russia, republic of Russia

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Yaroslavl

city in the center of European Russia

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Yakutia

federal subject of Russia, republic of Russia

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Udmurtia

federal subject of Russia, republic of Russia

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Hermitage Museum

museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia

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Tuva

federal subject of Russia, republic of Russia, formerly an independent state

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Pskov

city and the administrative center of Pskov Oblast, Russia

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Buryatia

republic of Russia, federal subject of Russia

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Altai Republic

republic of Russia, federal subject of Russia

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Brest, Belarus

city in Belarus

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Komi Republic

federal subject of Russia, republic of Russia

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Ivanovo

city in the center of European Russia

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Pskov Oblast

administrative division in Russia

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Vologda Oblast

federal subject of Russia

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Kalmykia

federal subject of Russia, republic of Russia

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Khakassia

federal subject of Russia, republic of Russia

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Tretyakov Gallery

art museum in Moscow, Russia

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Krasnodar

city in the south of Russia

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Kursk

city in the south of Russia

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Hämeenlinna

city in the region of Tavastia Proper in Finland

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Kyzyl

city in eastern Russia

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Tobolsk

town in Tyumen Oblast, Russia

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Magadan Oblast

federal subject of Russia

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Gatchina

town in Gatchinsky District of Leningrad Oblast, Russia

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Sambir

city of regional significance, the administrative center of the Sambir district, Lviv region of Ukraine

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Zamość

city in southeastern Poland

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Shlisselburg

town in Leningrad Oblast, Russia

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Bila Tserkva

city in Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine

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Derbent

city in Dagestan, Russia

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Slutsk

city in Belarus

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Mariinsky Theatre

The Mariinsky Theater (formerly the Kirov, which is the name the troupe still uses when touring abroad) is world-class for both opera and ballet. There are English supertitles for operas sung in Russian; operas in other languages have Russian supertitles. Performances are offered in three halls: the main theater located in the historical building, Mariinsky-2 (the new scene that is located in a futuristic building across Kryukov canal) and the newly-built Mariinsky Concert Hall. Tickets can be purchased on the theater's website. Cavos rebuilt it as an opera and ballet house with the largest stage in the world. With a seating capacity of 1,625 and a U-shaped Italian-style auditorium, the theatre opened on 2 October 1860 with a performance of A Life for the Tsar. The new theatre was named Mariinsky after its imperial patroness, Empress Maria Alexandrovna.

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Russian Museum

art museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia

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Votkinsk

town in Russia

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Lake Ladoga

freshwater lake in Russia and largest lake entirely in Europe

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Staraya Russa

town in Novgorod Oblast, Russia

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Bauska

city in Latvia

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Saint Isaac's Cathedral

cathedral in St. Petersburg

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Mtsensk

human settlement in Mtsensky District, Oryol Oblast, Russia

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Kuril Islands

island chain located in Northeast Asia administered by Russia

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Yasnaya Polyana

former estate and current museum

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Shusha

city in Nagorno Karabakh

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Altai Mountains

It's worth going on hikes up into the nearby mountains; find someone familiar who can guide you there, or just walk in any directions. Bugan Tou Mountain to the southwest can be hiked at 2775 m.

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Winter Palace

historic building in St. Petersburg, Russia

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Staraya Ladoga

human settlement in Volkhovsky District, Leningrad Oblast, Russia

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Strelna

municipal settlement in Petrodvortsovy District of the federal city of St. Petersburg, Russia

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Solovetsky Monastery

monastery

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Peter and Paul Fortress

original citadel of St. Petersburg, Russia

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Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery

monastery

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Kunstkamera

museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia

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Olkhon Island

island

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Kizhi Pogost

human settlement in Russia

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Struve Geodetic Arc

meridian arc from Hammerfest in Norway to the Black Sea

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Kizhi Island

A hydrofoil can take you to this gem in Lake Onega. While there, admire the architecture and the island.

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Russky Bridge

The world’s largest cable-stayed bridge, 3.1 km (1.93 mi)long.

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Ice Palace (Saint Petersburg)

architectural structure

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Bronze Horseman

monument for Peter I. at the Senate Square in Saint Petersburg

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Mikhailovsky Theatre

- The exterior is not as recognizable as the Mariinsky, but the interior is nearly as grand, and the theater hosts both Russian and foreign headliners in opera and ballet. It was founded in 1833. It is named after Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich of Russia.

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Zvartnots Cathedral

Ruins of cathedral built 643-652 by the order of Catholicos Nerses. It's a 3-tiered rotunda on a platform (ramp on right) with a small museum.

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Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin

It's worth a wander around and contains a church, war monument with eternal flame, a reasonable art museum and impressive views along the Volga River. Also you can take a walk atop (inside) the Kremlin's wall in summer (roughly from May to October), the entrance is by the stairs set a bit off the wall inside the Kremlin near the main entrance via Dmitrievskaya tower, the latter being one of Nizhny Novgorod's symbols.

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Zolotoy Bridge

Cable-stayed 2.1-km (1.30 mi) long bridge across the Golden horn bay.

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Melikhovo

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Kazan Kremlin

The Tatar fortress here was destroyed by Ivan the Terrible when he captured the area in 1551. Over the next century, it was rebuilt in Russian style as a magnificent Kremlin, with new fortifications and a cathedral. It nowadays also contains a mosque, museums, galleries, shops and cafes, and is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Enter through the white clock tower (Spasskaya Tower) at the top of Kremlyovskaya Street. Unlike Moscow's Kremlin, you're free to enter and stroll, but you pay for individual sites within the complex. These are lined along the central boulevard, mostly on the left as the buildings on the right are under reconstruction. They're listed below roughly south to north, in the order you'd come to them. Allow a full day to appreciate them all. Guided tours are available for 300 руб, but you won't get lost here.

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Mamayev Kurgan

Historical place, hill in Russia

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Vyborg Castle

Swedish built medieval fortress in Russia

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Palace Square

central city square of St Petersburg, Russia

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Church of All Saints, Yekaterinburg

Church on the Blood built in 2003 at the site of the execution of Tsar Nicholas II and his family.

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Vladivostok railway station

Even if your journey doesn't involve trains, the beautiful old Vladivostok Station is worth a look. The last among the steam-engines stands at the platform. Don't miss the 9288km sign post nearby

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Pavlov's House

One of the focal points of the Battle of Stalingrad, a strategic apartment building that a small group of Soviet soldiers fortified and held for two months against a relentless German offensive before being relieved by counterattacking Soviet forces. While the building, rebuilt after the war, is in active use as a residence and not open to the public, a monument made up of bricks retrieved from the battleground is attached to the outside of the building and publicly accessible.

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Russian Grand Prix

Formula One motor race

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Ivolginsky Datsan

building in Republic of Buryatia, China

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Odigitrievsky Cathedral

church building in Ulan-Ude, Russia

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Ulan-Ude Ethnographic Museum

An outdoor museum. Old homesteads, including some 17th century Cossack houses, and Buryat wooden yurts have been relocated to the site, and along with reconstructed streets representing traditional Buryati homes. Includes a small zoo.

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Kul Sharif Mosque

mosque in Russia

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Galiaskar Kamal Tatar Academic Theatre

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Söyembikä Tower

Söyembikä (various spellings, usually Suyumbike in English; in Cyrillic Сөембикә) was a Tatar princess, and regent of Kazan 1549-1551 during the minority of her son. In 1551 Ivan the Terrible captured the area, and the legend goes that he pressured the widowed princess to marry him. She consented to marry only if he could build the highest tower in Kazan in seven days, which he promptly did; so she jumped to her death from the top of the tower. In truth she was carted off to Moscow, re-married (her third) and died some time around 1554, while the tower was probably built at a much later date. It's 58 m tall, in tiers; it famously used to lean, but was stabilised and straightened in the 20th-century. You can admire it from the outside but you can't enter or climb it.

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Dynamo Stadium (Vladivostok)

multi-purpose stadium in Vladivostok, Russia

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Kivach Falls

10.7 m high waterfall cascade.

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Vladivostok Fortress

Overlooking the sea, these fortifications were built more than a century ago to guard against invasion from Japan. Today, the grounds are cluttered with defused bombs, chain guns, and small military vehicles. Those can be visited for free; there's a small fee to go inside the several rooms of the fort, which feature displays on the history of Russia's presence in the region and some intricate dioramas.

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Keyboard Monument

Easily one of Russia's weirdest attractions is the gargantuan keyboard monument in this city. Big white stones rise from the earth, and as you approach, you see engraved upon them, words like "Q" and "SHIFT."

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Round Tower (Vyborg)

former fortification in Vyborg

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Petrogradsky Island

island

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Bolshaya Pokrovskaya Street

A pedestrian street, the main street of the city. Street vendors, souvenirs, shops and main restaurants, and several museums including the museum of Russian traditional art.

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Spit of Nizhny Novgorod

street in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

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Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Hebron

This Christian holy site commemorates Abraham's visitation by three angels.

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Mount Akhun

mountains in Russia

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Rozhdestvenskaya Street

Parallel to Oka river under the hill, this street contains a lot of 19th century buildings in rather good condition. The street was renovated in 2012, half-width becoming pedestrian, and now serves as a location for different festivals and events.

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Trans-Siberian Railway

Railway line connecting Moscow with Russian Far East and Sea of Japan. Longest in the world.

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Russia

Russia (Russian: Россия, Rossiya) is by far the largest country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, spanning Eastern Europe and northern Asia, sharing land borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (by administering the Kaliningrad Oblast exclave on the Baltic coast), Belarus, and Ukraine to the west, Georgia (including the disputed regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia) and Azerbaijan to the southwest, and Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and North Korea to the east and much of the south. While geographically mostly in Asia, the bulk of Russia's population is concentrated in the European part and, culturally, Russia is unmistakably European. Much of the Asian part, however, has more in common with Kazakhstan, Mongolia or Northeast China than with Eastern Europe. It boasts a rich history and culture.

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Belarus

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Estonia

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Finland

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Kazakhstan

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Latvia

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Lithuania

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North Korea

North Korea (Korean: 조선 Chosŏn), officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea or DPRK (조선민주주의인민공화국 Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk) is a country in East Asia on the northern half of the Korean Peninsula, lying between Korea Bay and the East Sea (Sea of Japan). It borders China to the north, Russia to the north east and South Korea to the south.

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Norway

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Japan

Japan, known as Nihon or Nippon (日本) in Japanese, is an island nation in East Asia. Its insular character has allowed it to develop a unique and very intricate culture, while its closeness to other ancient Far Eastern cultures, in particular China, has left lasting influence. Despite belonging to a forever warring nation, both internally and overseas, Japan's people had historically always placed emphasis on inner balance, tranquility and natural beauty. These traditional values have become increasingly important now that Japan has grown to be one of the world's most densely-populated countries, and its legendary work ethic makes life in its cities quite hectic.

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Ukraine

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Mongolia

Mongolia, known as Mongol uls (Cyrillic: Монгол улс, Script: ᠮᠣᠩᠭ᠋ᠣᠯ ᠤᠯᠤᠰ) in Mongolian, is a landlocked country located between China and Russia. It's a vast emptiness that links land and sky, and is one of the last few places on the planet where nomadic life is still a living tradition.

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Poland

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