ULAN-UDE, RUSSIA - JULY 15, 2016: Ulitsa Lenina is a pedestrian arbat street in the center of Ulan-Ude city, Republic of Buryatia, Russia.

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With its smiley Asian features, cosy city centre and fascinating Mongol-Buddhist culture, the Buryat capital is one of Eastern Siberia’s most likeable cities. Quietly busy, welcoming and, after Siberia’s Russian cities, refreshingly exotic, it’s a pleasant place to base yourself for day trips to Buddhist temples and flits to eastern Lake Baikal’s gently shelving beaches, easily reachable by bus. For some travellers UU is also a taster for what’s to come in Mongolia.


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