Russia

Trans-Siberian Railway

 

 

 

 

A marvel of engineering and a symbol of man’s triumph over nature, the Trans-Siberian Railway connects eastern and western Russia, passing over the Urals, across endless steppe and alongside Lake Baikal, which at 640 km is the world’s largest freshwater lake.  Originally built as a means of transporting goods across Russia, the railway has provided those people living in the small towns along the way with a connection to the rest of the country.  There are three routes, the longest being the seven-day Moscow to Vladivostock route, a distance of 9,258 km and the longest ride you can make on a single train.  Along the way it is possible to stop for overnight stays in different towns.  Irkutsk is a popular destination for a stop, with its churches, museums and streets of log cabins, as is Yekaterinburg, where you can see the church built on the site of the murder of the last Tsar and his family, and Kazan, with its massive Kremlin, designated a World Heritage Site.

 

Considered by many to be the most interesting of the routes, the 7,621 km-long Trans-Manchurian goes from Moscow to Beijing via Mongolia, taking six days.  It crosses Mongolia by way of the Gobi Desert through the grassy steppes, brightened by herds of Mongolian horses or camels and groups of yurts before entering China.

 

The Trans-Manchurian route does not pass through Russia for the entire journey, instead passing through Chinese cities such as Harbin and Changchun.  Taking six days, it travels 8,986 km.

 

 

 

 





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