More than an hour's drive north of Kiev city [130 km] is one of the most talked about places and may be the most controversial tourist destination in Ukraine. The Chernobyl ruins are situated in an empty, desolate, ridiculous landscape, and now the level of radiation is reduced, allowing for guided tours, and you can venture adventures in your own Kiev apartment or Kiev hotel. The following steps have been visited by thousands of visitors around the world since their reopening in 2002.
The observation area is protected by thick walls, allowing visitors to clearly see the destined sarcophagus. This has become a modern iconic form, a bit like the Empire State Building or Windsor Castle, mainly due to the tens of thousands of people depicted in newspapers/magazines, or when the world reports of terrible news of the explosion, TV crew.
In the 20 years since the explosion of the No. 4 reactor, the hours around Chernobyl were actually very safe. In most parts of the region, only slightly elevated levels of radiation – about 22 micro-Lengqin – were recorded, while the usual amount of radiation was only 14.
Around the actual reactor, the relative hot spots are regularly monitored and there is no risk to human life. Now, national health protection agencies from the UK, Europe and the United States agree that during the visit to Chernobyl, visitors will not receive more radiation than transatlantic flights! One thing that tells all visitors to avoid is to avoid eating any food in the area. As a result, all tour groups provided lunch for their group in the form of fresh food from Kiev.
Each guide has a Geiger counter that clearly knows the exact location of the tour group they can and cannot participate in. In addition, each visitor automatically performs a radiation level screening before leaving the area.
The town of Pripyat is nearby. The town was once home to 47,000 nuclear workers and their families. It is now the ancient city of Pompeii in the atomic age. The trees pass through the empty shells of hotels, restaurants and bars, and the huge football field becomes rusty and dense.
In local schools, open books are lying in the classroom, and evacuation has greatly damaged life, which reminds me of a large inland Maria Celeste.
There are still some people living in the restricted area. Their number is about 350, most of them old people. After the accident, many people were transferred to the residence in Kiev, but everyone missed their home and decided to return in large numbers. They grow vegetables and live a normal life and seem to be immune to radiation.