The Train Ride: The Trans-Siberian Rail Road
This is a sightseeing railroad that was built based on the historical Trans-Siberian Railroad. The trains are furnished and designed according to the real trains that were used in the Trans-Siberian Railroad. The railroad in our theme park is 40 kilometers long and takes 2 hours to finish the tour and to return to Vladivostok, the initial station. The most parts of the railroad are built in many massive forests which represent the geographic features of Siberia, and you will see the magnificent rivers and mountains during the ride. We also operate 500 snow machines which work 24 hours every day to produce snow for the amazing landscapes. Besides the forrests and plains, the ride will also take you to visit Harbin, a Chinese city along the Trans-Siberian Railroad. In Harbin, you can buy sovenirs and visit the extraordinary buildings that combined both Russian and Chinese architectural designs. You can choose to walk South towards the China area, or to take the train back to Vladivostok. During the train ride, we will provide you with headphones which will teach you about the history of the railroad and explain the expansion of the Russian Empire.
On the train, you will be able to buy some snacks and drinks. Here are some things that we offer on the train:
Kid Vodka(bottle, 25%alcohol)
Kvass(bottle, 1-2% alcohol)
Water(bottle, 0-1% alcohol)
Black Bread(1 slice)
Syrniki(1 piece of cheese filled pancake)
Shashlik(1 Russian lamb kebab)
The Trans-Siberian Railroad and the Expansion of Russia
The Trans-Siberian Railroad is the longest way in world and also known as the "Trans-Siberian Main Railroad". It starts from Moscow and goes 5,778 miles (9,198 km) east to Vladivostok or (beyond Vladivostok) 5,867 miles (9,441 km) to the port station of Nakhodka. It has been crucial for the Russian Empire and USSR since it has been contructed in the late 19th century.
Because the Russian Empire gained control over Vladivostok in 1859 and borrowed Port Arthur in 1889, the Russian Empire started to become more interested in having more influence in Eastern Asia by building a better transportation system that connects Eastern Russia and Western Russia. So, Czar Alexander III ordered his people to build this marvelous railroad in 1891, and the Ussuriysk Line was constructed in1894. In 1896, the Chelyabinsk-to-Novosibirsk part of the Railroad was opened, and middle Siberian part was first used in 1899. In early 1900s, the railroad continued to grow, since the Russian Empire started to use Circum-Baikal part in 1905 and the Zabaikalskaya part in1901.
However, the most important section of the Trans-Siberian Railroad used to be the railway which goes through Manchuria. After the war between China and Japan, China became desperate to make an alliance with Russia, in order to fight against the invasion of Japan. Thus, Russia became the alliance of China in 1896 and gained the right to extend the Trans-Siberian Railroad in to the Chinese Manchuria. In 1901, the Manchuria part of the Trans-Siberian Railroad was built and helped the Russia to connect Moscow, its capital, and Vladivostok, the important Russian sea port which has access to the Pacific Ocean. Besides that, the railroad obviously helped the Russian Empire to have more control over Northeastern China and other parts in Eastern Asia. The railroad cut through the Manchuria and has a station in Harbin which has been an crucial Chinese city in Northeastern China for a long time. Besides increasing the political power of Russia in Manchuria, the Manchuria section of the railroad also brought many Russian cultures to Chinese cities, such as Harbin. By take the trains, many Jews and Russians from Europe traveled to Harbin and settled in the cities. The number of Russian speakers and Jewish populatin in Harbin increased even more rapidly after the communist revolution in Russia, and the Trans-Siberian Railroad helped to transport the refugees to China. The Russian influences brought by the railroad caused citizens in Harbin to build some Eastern Orthodox churches and a couple Jewish synagogues. In sum, the Manchuria part of the railroad supported the imperialism and the expansion of Russia in Eastern Asia.
During the Russo-Japanese War, the Trans-Siberian Railroad was used by the Russian Empire to carry weapons and supplies to the frontline. The armies and all the supplies carried by the railroad helped the Russian Empire to have some advantages in the war, although the Japanese army and navy stilled completely destroyed the Russian troops at the end of the war. As a result, the Russian Empire decided to contruct Amur line and the Ussuri line which are outside of Chinese terriotory, because the Russians thought that the Japanese armies will conquer Manchuria and the railroad. As a result, Vladivostok stayed connected to Moscow and other parts of Russia, after the decline of Russia's power in Eastern Asia and the Japanese control of Manchuria.
The Trans-Siberian Railroad proved the imperialism of Russia in Eastern Asia and Manchuria. It also revealed the conflicts between Russia and Japan, another imperial power in Asia. At the same time, taking the Trans-Siberian Railroad continues to be a great way to travel across Russia and to appreciate the beatiful landscapes in Siberia.