Mastryoshka Doll Square in Manzhouli City

Mastryoshka Doll Square

The Russian Matryoshka Dolls Square is a landmark tourist attraction of Manzhouli City that features the combination of different cultures. The square featuring giant matryoshka dolls is the only of its kind in China.

Introduction of Mastryoshka Doll Square

The scenic spot consists of three parts: theme park, entertainment area and theme hotel.

Mastryoshka Doll Square

The Square of the Matryoshka Doll is a geographic feature at the confluence of China, Russia and Mongolia. The main building is a giant matryoshka doll, on which are painted three beautiful girls symbolizing the three countries. In front of the doll is a musical fountain plaza. At night, the square appears as a colorful fairyland.

The matryoshka square, measuring an area of 540,000 square meters, is adorned with one 30-meter-high matryoshka doll painted with three female images from China, Russia and Mongolia facing different directions. As the world’s largest matryoshka doll, it contains a church, a Russian restaurant, and a music hall in an area measuring 3,200 square meters.

The square also contains around 200 small matryoshka dolls and some Easter eggs painted with distinctive images.

Mastryoshka Doll

The matryoshka doll, also known as a Russian nesting doll or Russian doll, is a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside another. The name “matryoshka”, literally “little matron”, is a diminutive form of female Russian first name.

A set of matryoshkas consists of a wooden figure which separates, top from bottom, to reveal a smaller figure of the same sort inside, which has, in turn, another figure inside of it, and so on.

The first Russian nested doll set was made in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin from a design by Sergey Malyutin, who was a craftsman at Abramtsevo. Traditionally the outer layer is a woman, dressed in a sarafan, a long and shapeless traditional Russian jumper dress. The figures inside may be of either gender; the smallest, innermost doll is typically a baby made from a single piece of wood.

Much of the artistry is in the painting of each doll, which can be very elaborate. The dolls often follow a theme; the themes may vary, from fairytale characters to Soviet leaders. Matryoshka dolls are often referred to as “babushka dolls”, babushka meaning “grandmother” or “elderly woman”. to visit

Best Time to Visit Mastryoshka Doll Square

The best time to come is June to September. July is a perfect time for you if you are a prairie-view lover. If you want to enjoy the autumn view, it is best to visit in September when the weather is neither too hot nor too cold and not too crowded with tourists.

How to Get There

  • Highway
    By China National Highway 301 linked to Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang cities.
  • Railway
    Trains being loaded and unloaded just south of the Russian border. The Chinese 1,435 mm(4 ft 8 12 in) gauge changes here to the Russian 1,524 mm (5 ft). Trains from Beijing to Moscow on the Trans-Manchurian branch of the Trans-Siberian Railway pass through Manzhouli Railway Station. There are also tourist lines to ChitaKrasnokamenskIrkutsk, and Ulan Ude. A break of gauge multi-modal transshipment facility was completed in 2008 across the Russian border in Zabaikalsk.
  • Air
    Manzhouli Airport is located in the western part of the city. Passengers can fly to Beijing and Inner Mongolia’s capital city Hohhot from the airport as well as the Russian city of Chita and the Mongolian capital city Ulaanbaatar via Choibalsan.

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Edited by  Lynette Fu/付云锐