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Revision as of 23:30, 1 September 2013
Chelyabinsk Oblast (Russian: Челя́бинская о́бласть cheel-YAH-been-skuh-yuh OH-blust’) is in the Urals region of Russia.
- Miass — a gold mining town with a historic district full of 19th century wooden architecture
- Satka — mining town in the center of the Ural mountains near Zyuratkul National Park and a historic riverbank site, Porogi
- Troitsk — a former center of Pugachev's peasant rebellion in 1744
- Taganai National Park
- Zyuratkul National Park
Russian is the only language widely spoken here. Several people speak Tatar and Bashkir. Finding an English speaker, outside the city of Chelyabinsk, will be near impossible. Carry a phrasebook and dictionary if you don't speak Russian. It's slowly becoming more common for the younger generation to speak some English, but it's still not common.
Chelyabinsk Oblast is generally safe, however be aware that areas of the region are heavily polluted; take precuation when needed. Generally, tourism hasn't kicked off here, and is something of an of the beaten track destination, mainly due to the fact most of the cities are very industrial and also due to the fact they're still several closed cities in Chelyabinsk Oblast. Be aware that you will not be able to enter these cities (and they're surrounded by high security fences). If you did enter without permission, you would most likely face criminal charges. Petty crime rates are not any higher than surrounding areas, general common sense should apply.
Head west for Ufa, North for Perm, Yekaterinburg and Tyumen, East for Omsk and South will take you towards the Kazakh border.