Myths and Facts about Novosibirsk
- There are mountains in Novosibirsk - false. In Novosibirsk there are no mountains at all, though the creators of the movie “Independence Day” are of another opinion.
Scene from the Independence day.
- Sometimes in winter the temperature falls as low as to - 40C or even lower – true, unfortunately. However, such frosts do not occur each year and, besides, their duration rarely exceeds two or three days. Siberian people have acquired a philosophical approach of dealing with this problem – they do some work at home they would never have time to do under different circumstances and order sushi from the Japanese restaurants with delivery lines.
- Novosibirsk is situated in Siberia, where (everybody knows it!) bears walk down the streets back and forth – false. There are no bears here at all with an only exception of those from the circus, wearing muzzles and leads, and used to attract the attention of tourists.
- The driving in Novosibirsk is right, but the majority of cars are right-hand drive ones – true. It is so, indeed, and it can be explained by a relative proximity of Japan and its car auctions, where economic citizens of Novosibirsk buy used cars.
- The Chapel of Nikolai the Miracle Maker is located in the geographical center of Russia – false. What was probably true back in Czar times now is wrong due to the change of the country’s border outline.
- Novosibirsk was the first Russian city to introduce compulsory primary education – true. It happened in 1912, when the city was still called Novonikolaevsk.
- A record in the Guinness Book has commemorated Novosibirsk as the fastest growing city in the world for reaching the population of 1,000,000 people quicker than any other – false. Perhaps, it could be true, but nowadays you will not find Novosibirsk in the Guinness Book. However, it took only 70 years for Novosibirsk to become a city with the population of one million people – and it was even faster than Chicago's growth rate during those times.
- There is a city area in Novosibirsk designed in the shape of Olympic Games’ symbol – true. There was a plan to build an area in the form of five Olympic rings – not surprisingly, this idea came to the minds of authorities just before the Olympic Games of 1980s in Moscow. However, only one and a half ring were built while others remained only a dream. You can actually see these rings from the space.
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