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After a tedious day crossing the China/Russia border at Manzhouli/Zabaikalsk I caught another overnight train and headed for Chita - February 2011.

 

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russia200About the only thing worth taking a photo of at Zabaikalsk is the train station to get out of there

 

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russia206The 18th century Archangel Michael log church - Chita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia205Traditional wooden houses can be found throughout Siberia - Chita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia208The wooden houses can be very ornate (and also very dilapidated, like this one) - Chita

 

 

russia204It's got character if not cleanliness - Chita

 

 

russia203A cold Siberian dawn in Chita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia202Across the road from the train station is Chita's cathedral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia213Leader of the 1917 Russian Revolution and founder of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, aka Lenin - Chita

 

 

russia211It's not just China's Harbin that has ice castles. These guys are dismantling one in Lenin Square - Chita

 

 

russia215Lenin Square forms the heart of Chita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia217I met this friendly couple in a nearby restaurant - Lenin Square, Chita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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russia218In my deerstalker hat, two fleeces, long johns, jeans, Craghoppers etc. And no gloves - Chita

 

 

russia220And I met this friendly guy in Lenin Square as well - Chita

 

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russia241After a 3rd overnight train journey in a row I fancied a bed and shower by the time I arrived at Ulan Ude.
This is a 'luxury' room at the train station, and very nice it was too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia221Casually sweeping the snow from the train station roof - Ulan Ude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia227Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat republic, is known for having the largest Lenin head in the world

 

 

russia225It's located on Ploshchad Sovetov in central Ulan Ude

 

 

russia229Yep, it's pretty big - Ulan Ude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia232Beyond the Opera House on the right is the Triumphal Arch - Ulan Ude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia233Walking down a pedestrian section of Ul Lenina, the main shopping area of Ulan Ude

 

 

russia239The perfect outfit to keep you warm in a Siberian winter - Ulan Ude

 

 

russia240 On Ul Lenina is a traditional home of a well-off family - Ulan Ude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia235At the bottom of Ul Lenina is the 18th century Odigitria Cathedral - Ulan Ude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia234Close to the cathedral are rows of traditional wooden homes - Ulan Ude

 

 

russia243The indigenous Buryats are a Mongol people, and there are several datsans (Buddhist temples) in and around Ulan Ude

 

 

russia248 Inside one of the two datsans a few kilometres north of central Ulan Ude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia249Money, biscuits and a Snickers bar are amongst the offerings - Ulan Ude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia251Prayer flags attached to a tree - Ulan Ude

 

 

russia245The second Buddhist temple in the complex - Ulan Ude

 

russia254If, like me, you can't get to Ivolginsky Datsan then this complex is definitely worth going to - Ulan Ude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia256aThe Buryats are noticeably Asian in appearance - Ulan Ude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia258Prayer flags are tied to trees all over the Buddhist complex - Ulan Ude

 

 

russia260 I met a great bunch of Russians from Krosnayarsk on the 61hour Trans-Siberian from Ulan Ude to Yekaterinburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia259These guys had been skiing and snowboarding at Lake Baikal - Trans-Siberian from Ulan Ude to Yekaterinburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia261A not very good photo of the dachas (small holiday homes in the countryside) that city folk retreat to for a weekend - Trans-Siberian from Ulan Ude to Yekaterinburg

 

 

russia264Train station stall-owners load their 'ski trolleys' with drinks, beer and snacks to greet passengers - Trans-Siberian from Ulan Ude to Yekaterinburg

 

 

russia266I arrived at Yekaterinburg at some silly time like 4.30 in the morning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia289A wooden house on Ul Proletarskaya, Yekaterinburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia314'Love padlocks' chained to the railings above Iset River, which heads towards the TV Tower - Yekaterinburg

 

 

russia315A statue of the founders of the city stand behind a water tower on Prospekt Lenina - Yekaterinburg

 

 

russia318The mist is actually steam rising from the drains on a -22°C evening in Yekaterinburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia319The Afghan War Memorial lies next to the Military History Museum - Yekaterinburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia322The Soviet Union waged a war with Afghanistan for much of the 1980s - Yekaterinburg

 

russia330Inside the Military History Museum is a small section dedicated to the U2 incident. In 1960 an American U2 spy plane was shot down south of Yekaterinburg. Initially the US denied the plane's existence, not knowing that pilot Gary Powers had bailed out and was still alive, captured by the Soviets. Above are some of the remains - Yekaterinburg

 

 

russia335A church on Ul Maysheva, just west of the Iset River - Yekaterinburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia336A statue of Lenin stands opposite the City Hall - Yekaterinburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia339Yekaterinburg's most famous son, former governor of the city and first president of the Russian Federation, Boris Yeltsin

 

 

russia340It wasn't easy climbing these steps. And 'climbing' was the right word! Yekaterinburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia341Snow graffiti on the frozen waters of the Iset River - Yekaterinburg

 

 

russia291I thought he was dead - Demis Roussos plays Yekaterinburg

 

 

russia311The early 19th century Rastorguev-Kharitonov Mansion - Yekaterinburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia294aThe Church of the Blood is built on the site where Tsar Nicholas II and his family were murdered in 1918 - Yekaterinburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia296aThe Romanov family were killed, supposedly on the orders of the Bolshevik government, soon after the Russian Revolution of 1917 - Yekaterinburg

 

 

russia301Also in the Romanov death site is a chapel dedicated to the Grand Princess Yelizaveta Fyodorovna, who was also murdered - Yekaterinburg

 

 

russia304The original house in which the royal family were executed was destroyed on the orders of then-governor Boris Yeltsin in 1977 - Yekaterinburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia309The Romanov family was canonized in 1981 as martyrs - Yekaterinburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

russia310The Church of the Blood - Yekaterinburg

 

 

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LINKS

www.visitrussia.org.uk - Russia National Tourist Office

www.realrussia.co.uk - UK/Russia based company - visa support and train tickets

www.visitrussia.org.uk - Russian tourist board

www.seat61.com - Seat 61's page on train travel in Russia, and www.seat61.com it's page on the Trans-Siberian

www.waytorussia.net

www.eng.rzd.ru - Russian Railways website, and more info here www.poezda.net

 

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