About the city of Irkutsk

About the city of Irkutsk

IRKUTSK – ABOUT THE CITY Wide, wild and free, the boundless Siberia lies behind the Ural mountains. For many centuries ‘Yugra’ – Siberia – seemed to be unknown ground: barbarian and unsafe – not only for foreign travellers but also for Russians...
Kazan Russia

Kazan Russia

Kazan Kazan (Russian: Каза́нь; Tatar: Qazan, Казан) is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and one of Russia’s largest cities. It is a major industrial, commercial and cultural center, and remains the most important center of Tatar culture. Kazan lies at the...
Ulan-Ude Russia

Ulan-Ude Russia

Ulan-Ude Russia – Introduction Ulan-Ude is the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia, located about 100 kilometers southeast of Lake Baikal on the Uda River at its confluence with the Selenga. The Buryat capital is one of Eastern Siberia’s most...
Vladivostok

Vladivostok

Vladivostok – General info Vladivostok, like Ekaterinburg, was a closed city during the Soviet era – even Russians needed permission to visit friends and relatives who lived there. It opened up to tourists in 1992 and since then there has been a slow but steady...
History of Ekaterinburg

History of Ekaterinburg

Brief history of Ekaterinburg Ekaterinburg was a city closed for foreigners, only opening in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Nowadays, tourism is just getting off the ground. This secrecy was mainly due to the presence of much of the USSR’s defence...
Visiting the Great Wall of China

Visiting the Great Wall of China

Visiting the Great Wall We recommend that you visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu which is fairly close to the city and has some splendid views. If you walk a few towers from the cable car drop-off you should have few visitors, especially if you visit mid-week. Simatai...