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Extraction of the forest of bondage
Kolyma launches "gold fever"
On the shore of the Sea of Okhotsk in the Magadan Region in July 2017 the prospecting camp will be defeated. The central event of the already become traditional "Golden Festival" is the only competition in Russia for washing alluvial gold "Staratelsky Fart".
The Magadan Region is a sparsely populated region, and therefore the nature is preserved here in its original form. Among the travelers on the Kolyma hunting, fishing, as well as ecological tours with visits to such places as the islands of Talan, Umar, Spafaryev, Koni Peninsula, the Bogurchan River, Motyklay Bay are extremely popular. The most suitable time of year for tourism is the summer, when snow falls: for all tastes and wallet there are sea cruises, diving, hunting for sea animals, gastronomic tours with tasting delicacies of the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pacific.
But the main business card of the region is gold nuggets, gold mining has been engaged in gold mining in these regions for a long time. As the Governor of the Magadan Region, Vladimir Pechenyi, recently noted at the conference "North-East. Territory development. 2017 ", the region is among the three leaders of Russian gold mining, and for the extraction of alluvial gold and silver is one of the leading places in the country. At the same time, event tourism, that is, when a tourist trip is timed to some events, in Russia, as in the whole world, is becoming more popular.
Gold mining is the theme of the Golden Festival, supported by the government of the Magadan region, which, according to the organizers, should contribute to the flow of tourists to the region. And, as it turned out, the idea justifies itself: if in the first competitions "Staratelsky fart" in 2015 only 34 people participated, then in 2016 - 79 already. This year for the week since the opening of the collection of applications for participation, 90 people have already sent their profiles. As the organizers of the competition told, only a minimum of 80 willing to try their luck is allowed to enter the test site. But if there are more, the Organizing Committee of the "Staratelsky Fart" will have the right to choose candidates. According to the Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of Magadan Region Vladimir Mitkin, the priority will be given to non-resident guests: delegations from gold mining regions, students of mining and geological specialties of higher education institutions and those who will take part in the gold washing competitions in Magadan region for the first time. In the plans of the event - not only a contest of prospecting skills, but horse riding, bike ride along the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk and even rafting along the Kolyma rivers.
Thus, in the middle of this summer Kolyma not only will amaze the travelers with the beauty of untouched nature, but also become the center of a series of festive and entertaining events for tourists. Tea at the stake, tents of geologists and equipment for gold mining, similar to that of the first conquerors of the Magadan region, - a wooden tray, a kylo and a barrel of water. It was under such conditions that almost 100 years ago the discoverers of Kolyma found the first grains of yellow precious metal, thanks to which the remote region in the north-east of the country became one of the strategically important regions.
Speaking about the development of tourism in Kolyma, it should be noted that the Magadan region is also a participant in the new tourism project "Eastern Ring of Russia". This is a major interregional tourist route that will unite the regions of the Far East and will be developed within the framework of the Strategy for the Socio-Economic Development of the Far East and the Baikal Region for the period up to 2025 of the year.
Published in the annex "East of Russia" to the newspaper "Izvestia"
(A joint draft of Izvestia and EastRussia)