The Kemerovo Region was constituted in 1943, its area amounts to 95 500 sq. km, with the population of 2 821 thousand people. Some aboriginal nations are preserved in the Region: Shortsys, Teleuts, Kalmuks. The region lies in the UTC+7 time zone, i.e. its difference with Moscow time is +4 hours.
The administrative center of the Region is the city of Kemerovo.
The Region is placed on the sours of Altay, and due to a big altitude step, there is a variety of natural conditions. The biggest rivers are Kondoma, Tom’, Mrassu.
The climate is continental, with cold winter (average temperature in January is —18), short and warm summer (average temperature in July is +18).
The main nature reserve is Kuznetsky Alatau, founded in 1989, for protection of eco-systems and a population of taiga reindeer. The reserve area totals more than 400 000 hectares. The reserve participates in the International «Earth Day» and «March for Parks», on its area ecological paths are laid, and an ecological center is created. Under the Verkhniy Zub (Upper Tooth) mountain there is an ecological station, where roseroot is grown and other ecological work is done. Many plants present in the Red Book grow in the reserve, many kinds of animals live here: Siberian deer, elks, chipmunks and others. Grayling lives in the pure rivers. Popular with tourists are caves, where regular speleological expeditions and tours are held. In winter, one can make skiing excursion in the reserve area.
Another center of tourism is the Petroglyphic Museum called Tomskaya Pisanitsa. About 300 cliff paintings dated 4th millennium B.C., as well as reconstructions of pre-historical people’s homes, many copies of petroglyphs from Siberia, Central Asia, China, a reconstruction of pagan heathen, and many other unique exhibits attract thousands of tourists every year.
The city of Kemerovo was founded in 1657 on the place of Verkhnetomsky stockaded town. One of the main sites is the open-air museum «Krasnaya Gorka» (Red Hill), which was created on the place of former Kemerovsky Mine. The Museum represents historical and architecture memorials, a unique rock outcrop in a river bank, which allows observing a geological history of the Region, Gorelaya Gora (Burtn Hill), where the first coal was found in 1721.
In the city there is a Museum of Regional Studies, with the exposition representing documents and material evidences of a history of Kuzbass, of history and family life of indigenous people of this land — Shortsys and Teleuts, there is also a department of military history, a department of mechanical arts and folk homecrafts. In the Victory Park one can continue the excursion surrounded with pictures of military weapons and equipment.
Those who are fond of extraordinary impressions should go on the tour «Following in the tracks of Yeti» in deep taiga. The program of the tour includes a visit to a Yeti lair, rafting, fishing and shashliks.
Very popular among downhill skiers is the Sheregesh resort. Here skiing circuits of various complexity are laid.
In the Tisul district of the Region it is allowed to hunt Siberian deer and bears.
Festivals of guitar poetry («Tsveten» in April, «Accord-Fest» in June) and of extreme sports are held in the Region.
For more detailed information on the Region, please refer to Internet resources of governmental authorities of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation.