Founded in 1858 by Cossacks of the 13th Siberian Battalion, Khabarovsk was originally a military outpost guarding the Chinese border. Built on three hills overlooking the Amur River just beyond its confluence with the Ussuri, the city has a long and pleasant waterfront. Its main streets are wide tree-lined boulevards projecting outward from the riverbank. Khabarovsk began to expand after the arrival of the Trans-Siberian railway from Vladivostok, and today it is home to 700,000 people.
PUBLISHED: July 20, 2013