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Occupying a substantial portion of Northern Asia and Eastern Europe, Russia is the World’s largest state sharing borders with almost 16 other countries. Spanning over nine time zones, Russia beholds the largest reserves of global mineral wealth and energy resources. Boasting of a truly diverse selection of landscape, architecture, wildlife and climate, Russia, bordering the Arctic and North Pacific oceans displays an extraordinary series of extensive coastlines. Tourism has lately witnessed rapid growth in Russia over the last few decades, especially ever since the end of the Soviet era.
Almost enclosing the whole world within itself, Russian tourism features the warm sub-tropical Black Sea coastline, the mountains of northern Caucasus, Lake Baikal and the surrounding taiga-covered mountains, volcanoes, geysers and the Tyva snowy mountains. Containing 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, other tourist routes within Russia include traveling along the golden-ring of ancient cities, cruises on the River Volga, and journeys across the famous Trans-Siberian Railway. The rich cultural heritage and natural diverse variety enables Russia to rank amongst one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.