Founded in 1860, Vladivostok is the home of one of Russia’s most important ports. It is located close to the Russo-Sino border and North Korea and it’s the home port of the Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet. Interestingly enough, Vladivostok has always kept its military importance right up until the present day. Vladivostok’s main exports are fish and sea food, timber, ferrous and non-ferrous metals and ships. As for imports they are mainly food, medicines, clothes and alike. Other than that, Vladivostok is called Russia's window to Asia because it is located less than 100km east of the Chinese border, and just across the Sea of Japan from the main Japanese island of Honshu, which also makes it a fairly important intermediate city for goods imported from Japan, South Korea and China. Seeing how it’s one of only four major seaports that have extensive fishing rights, Vladivostok also has great potential for economic growth, not to mention its unique geographical location is of great interest to developers of international and domestic trade. In 1958 Vladivostok became the Soviet fleet marine base and was closed until when, in 1991, the first President of Russia Boris Yeltsin signed a decree by which Vladivostok ceased to be a closed city from January 1st, 1992. Between its founding and the ‘shut-down’ to foreigners in the late 50s, Vladivostok was a fairly international city. In the early part of the 20th century, Russians were actually outnumbered by Chinese in Vladivostok, and during the years following the revolution, there were large numbers of Japanese. Of course, now Vladivostok is open to everyone and is one of the most important regional centers in Russia. The city receives visitors from all over the world, hoping to find there unforgettable impressions and even new business partners. So why not come for a visit yourself and see what you find.