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"We change the northern capital to the eastern capital"

A teacher from a St. Petersburg gymnasium brings a family to the Far East to create eco-parks

In her native St. Petersburg, the primary school teacher Elena Malysheva is a famous person. Winner and laureate of numerous city and international competitions for teachers, honorary worker of general education of the Russian Federation, best class teacher in St. Petersburg in 2017. Her gymnasium No. 642 "Earth and the Universe" has been ranked among the best educational institutions of the country for five years in a row. Last year, Elena Vasilievna persuaded her husband, the family of her son and daughter to take the Far Eastern hectares near Vladivostok. The 51-year-old teacher calls himself the mastermind behind this project - to create a family tourist mini-business in Primorye. In a couple of years, Malysheva is sure, tourists from all over the world will go to their eco-parks.

"We change the northern capital to the eastern capital"
Photo: courtesy of Elena Malysheva
The main thing is to start, the teacher believes. In fact, the Far East is not so far away. She understood this, having visited Japan, and that from the northern capital is even further away.
- To say that the civilization is fed up with no, I can not say so, therefore I do not intend to completely break off communication with St. Petersburg, - Elena Malysheva explains her decision to EastRussia. - I am attracted to this idea by the fact that it is possible to engage in new entrepreneurial activities. I am an active person, I'm not afraid of change. I am an optimist and an enthusiast, without this I can not start such an enterprise.
According to her, Primorsky Krai, as a place to get the Far Eastern hectare, was chosen not accidentally. The main thing is that it is the most southerly in the Far Eastern Federal District. The climate of the Maritime Territory is understood by Petersburgers for its winds, fogs, and weather variability. But they do not have enough sun, and on the coast of the Sea of ​​Japan more than enough - a year there are almost 300 sunny days.
The Far East is fascinated by the diversity of nature and its virgin purity, says Malysheva and explains that it is the local flora and fauna that pushed the family to think about creating their own eco-parks, places that allow people to feel closer to nature.
- In order not to get bored and not "become covered in moss", we must move forward, try new things, diversify our lives, "the teacher explains. - We are creative people and we do not sit on the spot. These are my motives in brief, and my family supports me.
Malysheva briefly tells about her team of "migrants": 58-year-old husband Vladimir is a retired officer from the landing forces, who now manages a housing company. He always thought that "there is no land for him there." Did not take Primorye as a point of the route for a trip to the end of the world, too far. But now the opinion has changed, together with his wife he plans and thinks about living there.
Children say that it's great and interesting. 33-year-old son - a programmer, is ready to support all the beginnings of the family. 25-year-old daughter is a specialist in social and cultural services and tourism. She sees the development of tourism in the same way only for young people - in the form of a hostel, tents, camping and other. The son-in-law and daughter-in-law promise that they will join the team later.
To develop tourism in Primorye has become the goal, proceeding from it and began to select sites. Get them was not as simple as the authorities promise.
"It did not work out in one place," Malysheva says. - My husband was immediately given in the Mountain Keys, but they refused me. It was very difficult to get land. As they say, thank you for giving. People write six times the application, they are not given under different pretexts. Even local.
As a result, there are two family sites at a distance of almost 300 km from each other. Elena Vasilievna took a plot in 59 acres in the village of Filippovka, Khasansky district. There will be a project of an eco-hotel. The village is located on the territory of the National Park "Land of the Leopard". Near the highway passes Hasan - Razdolnoye. My husband Vladimir was given a plot in 79 hundred in the resort village of Gornye Klyuchi in the Kirov district. At the foot of the hills, the family plans to dig a small lake. The plot has a convenient access, the highway "Ussuri" passes nearby.
Petersburgers chose their Far Eastern hectares remotely. The local people helped. With them, they wrote off, they consulted, helped and helped with the advice, the geographic map was made, the section of the terrain with heights and lowlands. The people there live wonderful, sincere, considers Malysheva. To see their land, Petersburgers gather in June, when Elena Vasilievna and her husband will fly to the Far East to look around.
- So far, I and my husband have taken the plots. Enough at first. If only we could master this, we will not engage in agriculture seriously and in large volumes. It will only help us, "Malysheva explains.
Ecopark includes a zoo and a botanical garden. Near the Malyshev's plots this is abundant. In Filippovka in the "Land of the Leopard" live leopards and Amur tigers, white-bears and roe deer, raccoon dogs and wild Far Eastern cats, hundreds of bird species. About flora and can not speak.
According to St. Petersburg, this "paradise" is two hours away from Vladivostok - this is the end of the world, where far from the bustle, with the right organization, people can enjoy the scenery among the hills and forests without giving up the usual comfort. It is clear that the business plan is so far drawn up in general terms, something will change depending on the circumstances, but the main directions are defined.
- We will drive tourists on the eco-trails "Land of the Leopard" and the reserve "Kedrovaya pad", we will deliver to the sea coast, Kravtsovskiy natural waterfalls and the thermal pool, - says Malysheva. - For the guests we will arrange a Russian bath or sauna in a large wooden chalet. At their disposal there will be grounds for tennis or badminton, for barbecue or shish kebab. Every day - tea with homemade cakes, fresh milk. You can go fishing, taking a guide with you to places with good biting, or go into the forest for mushrooms and berries, ride a bike or quad bike.
The second settlement, where the site was taken by the citizens of St. Petersburg - Mountain Keys, is considered a resort, since here is the famous "Shmakovka", a resort based on deposits of table waters of mineral waters. Healing sources are available all year round. St. Nicholas's Holy Trinity Monastery attracts lovers of sights. He is the oldest in the Far East.
Here the eco-hotel will appear at the foot of the hills overlooking the green valley. The man-made lake Malyshevy will complement the delights of the local wildlife. On its shores, Petersburgers plan to grow lotuses blooming in the area. Mountain Keys stand on the Ussuri River, at the point where the Dragucina ducts flow into it. A great place for swimming in the foothills of Sikhote-Alin.
Hiking in the forest for mushrooms and berries or a bicycle tour from the house at the foot of the hills are possible options for attracting tourists to the region of rich flora and fauna. In local rivers there are 32 species of freshwater fish, in forests - 342 species of birds, spotty deer and goral, Himalayan bears and Amur tigers.
Next to the predators, the newly-bred Far Eastern people are calm.
- Local residents told us that predators rarely visit villages. And there are more leopards in Filippovka than tigers. But we plan to build fences higher, - assures Malysheva.
Although the family of St. Petersburgers is now at the first stage of development of a hectare, it does not take enthusiasm. In the first couple of years the older Malyshevs will equip one site. Which - will decide after the fact-finding trip to their Far Eastern hectares.
"Right now we are not ready to move to Primorye together," Malysheva explains. - I have a moral responsibility to the children in the gymnasium. Now the first class, I teach them three more years. This time is quite enough to equip a new place of residence. In the gymnasium I do not advertise my Far Eastern plans yet. Knows a limited number of colleagues. They are intrigued.
Moving the family does not scare. Malysheva believes that with her profession she will find a job wherever there are children. He thinks that at first you can not do without permanent work.
Start this summer, the Malyshevs plan on communications - light, gas, access to the site. Against the local people, again, we need to establish good relations. Start the husband with his wife, the children will help. The grandson-first-grader while will spend in the Far East only summer, and there it will be visible. The situation will finally clear up, as Elena Vasilievna points out, "in the course of the play."
Ideally, the teacher sees his new business this way: several cozy comfortable houses surrounded by trees. Pure, beautiful around. He wants to take care that the impact of their project on the environment is minimal. And a relaxing holiday for everyone. But for her personally - it will work in pleasure.
"Success depends on many factors, we will act on the situation," says Elena Malysheva. - With the favorable development of events - in Primorye we will finally settle in three years. I'm interested in trying a new one. And then, what do we risk? Practically nothing.
The teacher believes that in any case it is necessary to visit the Far East. Even allowing the most pessimistic option for the development of your company. The family relies on its own resources and resources, as long as real assistance to the state in developing a hectare is not visible.
- It is not yet known how much promised state support measures will be real. If I'm not mistaken, tax breaks are planned for the development of tourism in the Far East in the first three years. For us it is important, - concludes Malysheva.
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