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One of great interest is the worshipping of the brown bear, and special rituals - including raising brown bear cubs - is common in rural communities.
This peninsula, almost twice the size of the United Kingdom but with a population of only 320,000, is inaccessible to the outside world via road.
A local governor speculated that the vessel had been overloaded.
Here you will be struck by the paradox of how familiar yet distant this place is.