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The mysterious and alluring trans-Siberian railway lies on the people's bucket list and with good reason, as this epic train journey takes you from the splendor of Moscow, all the way to the heart of China, which of course is Beijing. If you have decided to experience this magical train journey, then there are so many attractions to see, and given that, there are 5 attractions that simply have to be on your list of places to visit.
1. Red Square in Moscow – Before boarding Trans-Siberian Railway Beijing to Moscow, you simply have to pay a red square a visit. This iconic square is host to the Kremlin, the symbol of Russian culture, which is an amazing creation that has witnessed many changes over the centuries. This fortified complex hosts the Grand Kremlin Palace, a place for the Russian Kingdom to live and there is so much to see and do on the Red Square, you should allow a few days to take in this unique part of Moscow.
2. Yekaterinburg – This city is the gateway to Ural Mountains, and is the fourth largest city in Russia, with an estimated population of 1.5 million. The Ural mountain stretches in the north-south direction, through western Russia, which begins at the Arctic coast and extends to the border with Kazakhstan.
3. Ulaanbaatar – The capital of Mongolia, you cannot travel on the trans-Siberian railway and not visit Ulaanbaatar. Nearly half of Mongolia's 2 million inhabitants live in the city, as it offers a better chance of employment than the steppes. Of course, there are still families living on the plain and migrating along an old road to find adequate grazing for their livestock. Known for the amazing Buddhist temples, Ulaanbaatar is on every tourist list of places to see, and there is a wide variety of things to see there with museums depicting the traditional lifestyle of the Mongolian people.
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4. Ulan Ude – The capital cities of the Republic of Buryatia, a Russian region, Ulan Ude is a very interesting place to spend a few days. It is located 5,500 kilometers east of Moscow and was built on the banks of the Selenga River, with the River Uda also nearby. Classic Russian architecture abounds in this colorful city, which is a great place to spend a day.
5. Chinese Wall – Originally built to endure invaders, as well as controlling the movement of the locals, China's Chinese market is widely regarded as one of the most impressive technical effects ever performed by mankind. Of course, this long wall was not completed in a single operation, and many small sections were first built before they were all finally joined to form a massive 21,000-kilometer mural.
If you have not yet booked your tickets on the Trans-Siberian Railway, there are online tour operators that specialize in this trip and with their wealth of information you can plan the journey of life that you will never forget. Remember to book well in advance because you need to get several visas (3 if you are going to Mongolia) which is something that the tour operator can help you with.