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Novosibirsk is the third largest city in Russia after Moscow and St. Petersburg. It is also the youngest city to exceed the population of a million citizens, being founded in 1893. Novosibirsk is an ideal place for traveling in Siberia because of its tourist-aimed infrastructure and a developed transportation system.
Today Novosibirsk is the business-center of Siberia. It explains its business-tourism orientation as well as the abundance of exhibition pavilions and an extensively developed publicity market. 
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Novosibirsk is a major transportation junction. Here, waterways lying through the River Ob join airways ending in Tolmachevo airport and two small local airports. Intercity highways meet railways, Novosibirsk having been initially built to serve as an important railroad junction of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Despite all this, the city’s road infrastructure is currently being reconstructed due to its inability to cope with the growing traffic load.
|Novosibirsk Apartment||Ippodromskaya, 21 - 41||Hostel||-|
|Siberian Navigation||2, Obskaya str 73 Borovoye Village,||Guesthouse||-|
|Dostoevsky Hostel||Inskaya st., 56 - 8||Hostel||-|
|Morozovkie Bani||Vibornay Street 59||HOTEL||-|
|Central Hostel||Semji Shamshinyh st. 12, flat 113||HOSTEL||-|
|Zokol Hostel||Shchetinkina st. 34||HOSTEL||87|
|White Crocodile Hostel||Lesnaya 4 Goluboy Zaliv||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Tvorchesky||Lenina Street, 50||HOSTEL||-|
|Сity Hostel||Новосибирск ул.Блюхера 24-46||HOSTEL||-|
Novosibirsk has a scientific and campus life center. Akademgorodok is a major scientific center comprising Novosibirsk State University and dozens of scientific laboratories and institutes. It was founded in 1950 and since then it has managed to become as integral a part of the city as its other areas, though it still bears its own marks of distinction, such as beautiful parks and forests, beaches, safe and quiet streets, many youngsters.
Russia is a huge country, and excess to the internet varies a lot. The main cities and tourist places have (free) wifi excess at lots of places, like restaurants and cafes (McDonald's is always a safe bet). Internet cafes are present in larger places as well. Rural areas and especially if you venture into remote and/or mountainous areas have little excess at all. Most travellers will find connections though when using their phone or tablet.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The emergency number is 112. The country code for Russia is 7. Russian phone numbers have an area code with three, four or five digits (according to their province), followed by an individual number with, respectively, 7, 6 or 5 digits, always yielding 10 digits in total. The three digit code 800 is used for toll-free calls. Mobile phones always have three-digit "area" codes and seven-digit numbers. Calls within any one area code may omit the area code (except in Moscow). Inter-area code calls within Russia: 8 (wait for tone) full Russian number including area code. The international access code for dialling outwith Russia is the sequence of 8 (wait for secondary tone and then) 10. International calls to Russia, as always, replace the plus sign (+) in the international phone format with the local international access code for the country you're calling from, followed by Russia's country code of 7 followed by the individual Russian phone number including area code.
You will require a SIM-unlocked GSM 900 / 1800 compatible international cell phone when buying a Russian SIM card. If you do not have your own international cell phone, it's best to buy a cheap cell phone with some value on the card. Foreigners can purchase a local SIM card by showing your passport. BeeLine is considered to be the best in terms of reliability and connections quality. However Megafon's services can be a bit cheaper.
Russian Post is the national postal service of Russia. It's English version is currently under construction, but mainly involves the track&trace system. The domestic post is reasonably reliable, and sending international mail is fairly reliable but slow, taking at least a few weeks to European countries, longer to the USA or Australia for example. The delivery of mail sent from abroad to Russia is highly unreliable, and people or companies tend to use foreign adresses, from where a private carrier sends it to Russia. Alternatives like poste restante are non-existent with Russian Post. Most cities and large towns in Russia have a Central Post Office (Glavpochtamt), which also sells stamps and envelopes, and usually has fax services and Internet availability, though the latter mostly not in smaller places. Also, many hotels have postal services, including mail boxes. Post offices tend to keep long hours, usually from 8:00am or 9:00am until 8:00pm or 9:00pm Monday to Friday, and closing earlier during weekends. The main central post offices in the biggest cities keep even longer hours. For sending parcels, you can also try services by DHL Russia and FedEx Russia. For all mail you can use the regular alphabet, though maybe include the country's name in Cyrillic. For sending post to Russia (or trying to receive it) note that addresses should be in reverse order: Russia, postal code, city, street address, name.
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Hello! I live in Novosibirsk since 2006. I was student for a 6 years and now I'm working in Novosibirsk State Technical Univercity. During my student life I'd researched all the city and our region. Parks, theaters, museums, nightlife, the "Ob sea", active rest places etc. The third largest city in Russia, the main science centre of the country, the youngest megapolis in the world.
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