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Stop 6 - Ulan Ude


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Next stop was Ulan Ude, Capital of the Republic of Burtyatia, a part of the Russian Federation. It seemed a much more friendly city than the others we had experienced in Siberia.

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One of Ulan Ude's biggest claims to fame is the world's largest statue of Lenin's head... Actually pretty impressive.

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Having wandered around the city and found a great cafe that served 'herring under a fur coat' (best Russian food so far!), we had an early one with plans to walk up to a Buddhist monastery at the top of the hill nearby. The views were pretty spectacular, allowing you to see for miles around and the temple complex was interesting but the temple itself wasn't the most attractive, described fairly accurately in Lonely Planet as a 'Buddhist bust terminal'.

Next stop, Beijing!

Posted by Chloemillen92 08:33 Archived in Russia Tagged russia trans-siberian siberia ulan ude

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