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2012 NEWS

BEIJING OFFICE MOVE filed 14th September 2012

✔ We have decided to move away from busy Sanlitun bar street into more civilised and quiet surroundings. From October 2012 we have a new Beijing home in the Bei San Li community, close to Yashow. Read more here.

FIND US ON FACEBOOK filed 4th September 2012

logoA reminder that we are actively trying to find friends on Facebook! So please have a look at us on http://www.facebook.com/monkeyshrine and help spread the word. We are especially interested to hear back from our customers who have recently made the trip across Siberia.

TRAIN TICKET DISCOUNTS filed 1st September 2012

logoRussian Railways periodically offers discounts on train tickets. For travel from 1st October until 26th December impressive discounts are available on many routes through Russia. We pass these savings on to you so there isn't a better time to take a journey through Russia. Contact us now for more information.

A NEW MONKEY filed 30th August 2012

Congratulations to long term Monkey Andy and his wife Lily, proud parents of new baby monkey (actually a dragon) Patrick, born in Sichuan on 29th August 2012.

MONGOLIAN CONSULATE IN SHANGHAI filed 20th August 2012

Good news for our customers living in Shanghai! There is now a Mongolian Consulate in Shanghai making the visa application procedure much easier. It is a new office and not very busy so a much better option than queuing for the visa in Beijing. See our visa section for more info.

CHINA - MONGOLIA TRAIN TIMETABLE UPDATE filed 1st August 2012

Until the end of October train #23 departs Beijing on a Tuesday and Saturday. From November until May 2013, train #23 will depart Beijing on a Saturday only.

In Summer 2013 the weekly train from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar is likely to depart on a Tuesday although Chinese Railways will not confirm this until spring next year.

NAADAM DATES 2012 filed 7th July 2012

We have updated our section on the Mongolian Naadam Festival with key dates and events for this July, have a look at the page and enjoy Naadam if you are lucky enough to visit this year!

** NEW DESTINATION FOR 2012 filed 7th July 2012

we are also offering Krasnoyarsk as a stop-over between Irkutsk and Ekaterinburg with some great winter and summer tradtional tour add-ons. Do let us know if you are interested to include this tour as well.

CHINA - MONGOLIA TRAIN TIMETABLE UPDATE filed 13th February 2012

Train #23 from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar will depart on Tuesday only until 29th May. From 5th June until end of October train #23 will depart Beijing on a Tuesday and Saturday. From November until May 2013, train #23 will depart Beijing on a Saturday only.

MONGOLIA - CHINA TRAIN TIMETABLE UPDATE filed 13th February 2012

Train #24 from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing will depart on a Thursday throughout the year. From 8th June until 26th November train #24 will depart Ulaanbaatar on Thursday and Friday. Confused? Ask us to prepare your itinerary!

MATT RETURNS FROM RUSSIA filed 7th February 2012

Matt, our main sales staff in our Beijing office made an extended trip to Russia during Chinese New Year, visiting Lake Baikal for Epiphany, a new stop of Krasnoyarsk to enjoy the (cold) Siberian winter as well as Kazan, St Petersburg and Moscow. Look for updated information about his trip soon.

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR filed 22nd January 2012

As the year of the Rabbit comes to an end we wish all of our customers a prosperous and fun filled Dragon year ahead. Chinese Lunar New Year falls on January 23rd 2012 while Mongolian Lunar Tsagaan Sar New Year is a month later on 23rd February, they celebrate the year of the male Water dragon!

2012 SEASON

We wish you a happy 2012 and hope you enjoy your trip with us on the Trans-Siberian this year!

Andre and staff