Sakhalin Island

sakhalin island - остров сахалин

yuzhno-sakhalinsk - южно-сахалинск

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is the prosperous administrative center of Sakhalin oblast which includes the island of Sakhalin and all Kuril islands. Thanks to a steady flow of petrorubles to Sakhalin's budget its capital is booming and changing fast for the better. The city is relatively small with neatly renovated apartment buildings, recently built hotels and office towers. If you travel by road you can take your car to Sakhalin. There is a ferry service between Vanino in Khabarovsk krai and Kholmsk in Sakhalin Island. In warm season book well in advance.

The Sakhalin administration building.

The administration building is decorated with mosaics.

The huge recently built Nativity Cathedral.

The cathedral stands next to the WWII memorial.