Chelyabinsk is the capital of a huge Russian region with one part located in Europe and the other in Asia. The region’s coat of arms depicts a silver Bactrian camel with golden luggage. The Chelyabinsk region or South Urals is one of the largest industrial regions of Russia. For example, it is here where the most well-known Russian metallurgical plants are located. On the other hand, picturesque landscapes, lakes, woods, healing springs and unique climate of the Chelyabinsk region attract many Russian residents who come here for recreation and health improvement. Here are the largest national parks – Zyuratkul and Taganay with their well-preserved ecosystems. And it is also a land of lakes: over 3 thousand water reservoirs with the purest water are located in the region.
Chelyabinsk has a population of more than a million people. Until recently it looked like an ordinary big industrial city. However the last few years have brought about a lot of changes. The historical buildings in the city’s central streets have been renovated. The unique architectural monuments now look quite modern while preserving the spirit of previous times.