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Primorsky Krai (Russian: Примо́рский край, pree-MOHR-skee krigh) is a region in the Russian Far East, which borders China to the west, Khabarovsk Krai to the north, and North Korea to the extreme southwest.
Primorsky Krai was ruled by the Mongols until the 14th century. It was then ruled by China until it was annexed by Russia in the mid-19th century. Primorsky Krai (a.k.a. Primorye) is Russia's main outlet to the Pacific Ocean. 95 settlements were founded by the Russians in the latter half of the 19th century. It was the landing site of the USS Hornet in 1942 before it raided on Japan. Josef Stalin deported 200,000 Koreans from this area to Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan between 1937 and 1939. Today, Vladivostok is newly open to foreigners and is the principal attraction and destination in the region.
Primorsky Krai hovers above freezing throughout the year, averaging 1 °C in the north and 5 °C in the south.
It is the home to impressive landscapes and biodiversity, including the rare Amur Tiger.
Expect to hear Russian and not much else except in hotels catering to foreigners.
The most popular way of arriving to Primorye, however, is via the Trans-Siberian Railway, which travels through Ussuriysk and terminates at Vladivostok.