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Part 2/3: Siberia to China (via Mongolia) by Train

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Krasnoyarsk in Siberia to Yangshuo in China via Mongolia

After another two nights on the Trans Siberian train from Krasnoyarsk in Siberia we arrived in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. This time we were lucky enough (by chance) to ride on one of the more modern locomotives. We had a cabin which slept four which we shared on the second day with a friendly young Australian trainee doctor destined to work a placement in a remote hospital in Mongolia. Our cabin even had it’s own TV, not that we could understand anything!








I had been looking forward very much to arriving in Mongolia. It’s one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world, I had seen photos of sweeping green hills, snow capped peaks and families living in tents called gers with horses outside. Unfortunately we were arriving into Ulaanbaatar the capital and by far the largest city in Mongolia with 1.2 million people, 60% of which live in unofficial gers and rough buildings around the fringes of the city. Polluti…

Part 1/3: Bangor to Siberia via train

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Part 1/3: Bangor to Siberia via train
The idea for the trip formed after a conversation with a friend who mentioned she'd met some people who had cycled to China. It sparked a realisation that although it would be an very long journey, it's totally feasible to reach China overland via train. While not being as fast as flying (but faster than cycling), train travel requires far less energy and emits significantly less carbon*. I have always wanted to meet a colleague who I work with in southern China and I would love to go climbing in Yangshuo. My girlfriend Amy was really keen because she had always wanted to explore Russia...epic planning and train scheduling commenced!




And so we find ourselves 80hrs into a 144hr train journey from Moscow heading east across Siberia to Beijing. White trunked birch trees scroll past outside the window interspersed with small hamlets of log cabins with smokey chimneys. We share our open sleeper carriage with 54 others, mainly Russians. The m…