For decades, Vladivostok was closed to Westerners. Now, the port city on the far end of the Trans-Siberian Railway has emerged as a bustling, thriving, picturesque destination with hot nightclubs, scenic bays and hillside mansions. Several airlines fly into the city, making the trip much easier, even from the U.S. In 2012, the city will host the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, and billions of dollars in new casinos, theaters, hotels, highways and other amenities have been proposed.
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