Howdy all. I’ve been meaning to outline the places and route I took earlier this year when on the 3rd of May I left Beijing for to take the train across three countries – China, Mongolia and Russia – to far flung Moscow. Wait – is it Beijing that is far flung? I flew into Beijing on the 1st of May and I flew out of Moscow on the 20th. So nearly three weeks including time in Beijing and Moscow.
Basically, my itinerary was the following :
Beijing 1st – 3rd May (two nights)
One night on the train to Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia
Ulaan Baatar (including one night in Terelj) 4th – 8th May (four nights)
Two nights on the train to Irkutsk (Russia)
Irkutsk 10th – 12th May (2 nights)
Two nights on the train to Ekanterinburg
Ekanterinburg 14th – 16th May (2 nights)
One night on the train to Moscow
Moscow 3 nights 17th – 20th May
So that’s a total of six nights on the train over four train trips. I took the K3 train from Beijing to Ulaan Baatar and also from Irkutsk to Ekanterinburg – that’s the official ‘Trans-Mongolian’ train. From Ulaan Baatar to Irkutsk I caught Train 263И, and from Ekanterinburg to Moscow my train was the 109M.
The highlights included –
Beijing – Great Wall of China, Forbidden Palace, great Chinese Food in Beijing.
Ulaan Baatar & Mongolia – exploring the city, temples, Palace of Bogd Khan, Mongolian dumplings, getting out Terelj and staying overnight in a ger (yurt), and climbing up the giant statue of Genghis Khan.
Moscow – St Basil’s Cathedral, Going to the symphony, seeing the embalmed body of Lenin, walking around Gorky Park, the State History Museum, Red Square… basically everything!
And that’s a short summary. For detailed information of my Trans-Mongolian train experience including videos, go follow these links –
Thanks for stopping by, May the Journey Never End!