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Introducing Krasnoyarsk

More orderly and affluent than the average Siberian city, million-strong Krasnoyarsk enjoys an appealing setting amid low hills punctuated by jagged rock formations. While its architecture isn’t particularly inspiring, scattered throughout the predominantly unaesthetic concrete of post-WWII industrialisation are a few outstandingly well-embellished timber mansions and a sprinkling of unexpected art nouveau curves. Pleasant river trips, the nearby Stolby Nature Reserve and an outstanding regional museum make Krasnoyarsk an agreeable place to break the long journey between Tomsk (612km west) and Lake Baikal.