Ulan-Ude

After riding 5640 km from the beginning of our route from Moscow appears Ulan-Ude - the capital of the Buryat Republic. Here the Trans-Siberian Railway divides: you can go further to Mongolia and China or go further by the main railway route to Vladivostok. Ulan-Ude was established in the 17th century as a winter Cossack settlement. The city was a very important point on the so-called tea trail, which led from China to Russia. Since the city became the capital of the Buryat-Mongolian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, Ulan-Ude can be visited by everyone. The city is an industrial area of Buryatia (over 100 industrial plants, important academic (about 20 thousand students) and cultural (numerous higher education institutions, museums, 5 theatres, an opera and a philharmonic orchestra, Russian Orthodox churches and cathedrals). The city is first of all famous for the biggest Lenin monument in the world. The monument presents 10-metre head of the famous revolutionist.