The Man in Seat 61... : A ride on the Trans-Mongolian Express Moscow to Beijing by train | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

The Man in Seat 61... : A ride on the Trans-Mongolian Express Moscow to Beijing by train

This is an account of a Moscow to Beijing journey on Trans-Siberian train number 4, the weekly Chinese train from the Russian to the Chinese capital via Mongolia. For an account of the Moscow to Vladivostok journey, see here.

Day 1, evening: Yaroslavski station, Moscow. Trans-Siberian trains leave from this distinctive station in central Moscow. Train 4 to Beijing leaves Moscow Tuesday nights.

Train 4 is a Chinese train, each carriage proudly displaying a destination board marked "Moscow-Ulan Bator-Beijing". You'll find plenty of westerners on board, with a party atmosphere all the way. There'll be plenty of Chinese, Russians & Poles to meet, too.

Days 2, 3, 4 & 5 are spent crossing Siberia... The train crosses the boundary from Europe to Asia in the Urals at kilometre post 1,777, some 1,111 miles east of Moscow, although as train 4 passes this point around 01:00 in the small hours on day 3, you probably won't see the famous obelisk marking the boundary. On day 4, the train rounds Lake Baikal, the deepest fresh water lake in the world, with excellent views of the lake.

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