Ussuri Bay, in the Russian Far East, is part of the Maritime Territory province near the City of Vladivostok. This remote part of Russia borders the Japanese Sea to the east, China to the west and the Korean Peninsula to the southwest.
The bay is part of the Peter the Great Gulf and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the easternmost part of the Russian Federation.
During USSR times, Ussuri Bay was a dumping ground for old glass and porcelain. This peculiar activity, combined with the powers of nature, has created a unique phenomenon attracting people from all around the world.
For decades, tidal waves have been crashing down on all types of bottles and porcelain items: plates, wine bottles, beer bottles, vodka containers… Over time, the tidal action has smoothed out all the sharp edges, creating an astonishing kaleidoscope of fine, colored pebbles.
What was considered a dangerous spot to which visitation was discouraged during Soviet times, has now turned into one of Russia’s many wonders. A Siberian Times article from the 30th of January 2017 has confirmed that the glass on the beach is perfectly safe.
Ussuri Bay is now a protected area colloquially called The Glass Beach. Check out this collection of stunning photos from its shores.