Known as ‘Glass Beach’, for many years the coastline looked the opposite of a pristine and perfect beauty spot. It was a Soviet era tip, where truckloads of broken vodka bottles and cracked porcelain were dumped. Over many years, the waves smoothed away the sharp edges as it turned the shards of glass and china over in the water. They have now become a tourist attraction on Ussuri Bay, near the naval port of Vladivostok in the east.
People pay to come and sit on the beach with their children, with the broken glass no longer jagged and dangerous due to the gradual erosion. Originally, the beach was covered with volcanic black sand but it now looks as if it is naturally multi-colored. Shaded by high cliffs, it has been designated a beauty spot.
The beach’s beauty has led to it being classed a specially protected zone by far-east Russian authorities, a status usually reserved for areas of all-natural splendor. Visitors are now charged a small entry fee and are asked to help preserve the cleanliness of an area to which pollution has lent so much charm.