Wooden matryoshka dolls are considered typically Russian and make popular ­souvenirs. In the city of Manzhouli near the Sino-Russian border, the main attraction is a huge doll made of concrete

Familiar face, wooden matryoshka, main attraction in Manzhouli
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The city of Manzhouli lies in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region near the border with Russia. Described by a German daily as a “stylistically carefree pile of rubble,” its architecture certainly celebrates gold and an excess of colors. One example is a concrete matryoshka doll roughly 30 meters tall. The world’s largest matryoshka, it has a five-story restaurant in its mid-section. Surrounding it are smaller specimens with faces reflecting different nationalities. If that’s what it takes to create international understanding …

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