Visit the Bustling City of Komsomolsk-on-Amur

The city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur was first established as a settlement in 1860 and was known as Permskoye. As industry started to expand and factories started to appear, the settlement was given the status of town and renamed to Komsomolsk-on-Amur in 1932. Today there are more than 281 thousand residents and this once small settlement on the Amur River has grown into an industrial powerhouse. With its economy focused on the industrial sector, it has only in recent years become a popular and well-visited destination in Russia.

The Industrialization of Komsomolsk-on-Amur was more for the benefit of the Soviet Defense Forces, as plants were built for the production of sea vessels and aircraft. These two sectors are still very large in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, with the Aircraft Manufacturing Association being responsible for the production of SU Fighter Planes and the Amurskaya Shipbuilding Yard producing submarines. These industries have been around for so long, that locals barely acknowledge the thundering skies and deafening roar as a fighter jet blasts past overhead. Other significant industries in the city include oil refining, metallurgy, machine building, steel rolling, agriculture, light industries and the food industry. As an industrial center it is necessary to have sufficient transportation. The city is therefore serviced by the Khabarovsk-Komsomolsk-on-Amur highway, water transportation on the Amur River, the BAM Railway and the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Airport. Frequent flights to destinations in Russia, such as Blagoveshchensk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Krasnoyarsk are available on the three airlines that fly out from this Russian airport. The city has also expanded its educational sector, with the establishing of the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Technical University and the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Teachers Training Institute.

Visitors will be amazed at the large variety of restaurants and cafes that line the streets of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, but be advised that almost none of them accommodate smokers, so smoking visitors will find themselves on the pavement quite often. Theatre enthusiasts will be thrilled to know that Komsomolsk-on-Amur does have a theatre and there are many forms of accommodation available. Although hotels such as the Vizit hotel, Voskhod Hotel and the Amur Hotel are popular with tourists, more visitors are opting for Homestay Accommodation. This gives guests the opportunity to become a part of a local family and all host families are highly educated and able to speak two or more languages. Two of the most spectacular attractions are the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Lore Museum and the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Fine Arts Museum. The Lore Museum as an astounding collection of ethnographic items, archeological artifacts, natural history exhibits, documents, photos and various other interesting displays. The Fine Art Museum prides itself on its vast exhibits of paintings, sculptures, graphic arts, wood carvings, mosaics, fabric and clothing exhibits, embroideries, weavings and much more.

Komsomolsk-on-Amur has grown into a successful industrial and business center, as well as a fascinating tourist destination in Russia. It still has breathtaking monuments scattered across the city, as a reminder to the past, but has become a modernized city that looks toward the future.

 



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